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FACTSHEET FIVE #42 

FACTSHEET FIVE is copyright © 1991 by Michael A. Gunderloy 
and Can Goldberg. You may freely reprint any of the contents of 
FACTSHEET FIVE, with or without permission, with or without 
credit, except for the following: 

"Fishing Hole" is copyright © 1991 by Joe Lane. 

"Oka Golf Course: Opening Ceremonies" is copyright © 1991 by 
Misha. 

All artwork is copyright © 1991 by the respective artists and 
may not be reprinted without permission. 

ISSN 0890-6823 

This magazine was set in Palatino seven, eight and nine point, 
with twelve, eighteen and twenty-four point Palatino heads, on a 
Hewlett Packard LaserJet Series II printer, from files produced using 
Sprint and formatted with Xerox Ventura Publisher version 2.0 
enhanced with Soft Kicker, and printed on a Web Leader press with 
Quadra-Color at World Printing, Albany, New York. Production 
computers include a 16 MHz Zeos 386SX, a 12 MHz Zeos 286, a 
Leading Edge Model D and a Tandy WP-2 Portable. For software I 
wouldn't be without 4DOS 3.0, Swapdos 1.00, GRABPlus, and Super 
PC-KWIK 1.54. I'm running Windows 3.0 these days, but I'm not 
all that thrilled with it. If you want to know more than this, phone 
me, so I can stop boring other people, OK? 

Thanks to 3rd Millenium, Dr. Agon, Liz Camps, Ed Gildea, Molly 
Gill, Robert Kirby and Susan from NOCTURNAL LYRIC for their 
generous donations towards publishing this issue. Special thanks to 
those behind bars who send money; I realize that $2 for you is like 
$200 for many people (3 days wages). 

Thanks to Herb Ashe, Ace Backwords, Olgierd Bochenski, Noah 
Bunnett, Donald Busky, Peter C., Chris Carr, Jeff Copenhagen, James 
Noel Dawson, V. Diamond, Yael Dragwyla, Gene Guthrie, Joy 
Hibbert, Identity By Mail, Mike James, Roger Knights, Steve Marsh, 
A. Martin, Mauro Missana, Brad Mitchell, Raoul, Henry Schneider, 
Thomas H. Slone and Cheryl Townsend for sending new and 
unknown zines for us to review in this issue. As usual we didn't 
get to reviewing much of this material, but we are making good 
contacts these ways. 

Founderer Emeritus 

St. Michael D. Miller, retd. 

Spiritual Advisor 

St. Stephen Xavier of Trever 
Editorial Collective 

Cari Goldberg Janice 
Mike Gunderloy 
Filing Assistance 
Robin Somerill 
Visual Arts Critic 

Anni Ackner (currently on location in Bohemia) 

Special Guest Reviewers 
James Barnett 
Tim Gatewood 
Will Newbill 
BBS Goddess 
Angela Gunn 
Utility Infielder 
Geof Huth 
Fisherman 
Joe Lane 

Aural Arts Critics 
Karin Falcone 
Tom Gogola 
Bob Lukomski 
Bill Meckley 
Carol Schutzbank 
Kyle Silfer 
Robin Somerill 
Dina Williams 
Dan Wrzesinski 
Phil Zampino 
Experioddica Consultant 
Bob Grumman 
Net Worker 
Mark Bloch 


Blood & Guts Consultant 
Kurt Lemming 
Staph Trickster 
Misha 

Videonetworker 
Belka Stamas 
Official Conspirator 

Kerry W. Thomley, KSC 
Aural Editor Emeritus 
Shane Williams 

Contributing Artists (and page numbers) 

Ace Backwords (34, 89) 

Sheryl Birkhead (42) 

Joel Brick (77) 

Derek Cerouski (1) 

Rose Dore (15) 

Joe E. & Carrie (63) 

John Eberly (51) 

Mark Fearing (125) 

R.M. Goodman (24, 100) 

Jim Groat (36) 

Sister Mary Ann Henn (12, 90) 

Wayne Henderson (57, 94, 96) 

Wayne Hogan (28, 81, 88) 

Alan Holt (61) 

David Lee Ingersoll (14, 21, 72, 82) 

Robert Kirby (107) 

Jakob Klemencic (129) 

Jim Koehnline (104) 

Tuli Kupferberg (3, 110) 

Andrew Lehman (65) 

Kurt Lemming (16, 66) 

Nick Martin (59) 

Mezmer (95) 

Mona (105) _ 

Howard Musick (14, 56) 

Lawrence Oberc (45, 85) 

PaM (2) 

A.C. Peare (22) 

Walt Phillips (6) 

Rod & Carrie (4) 

Andrew Roller (19) 

Judy Rosenblatt (31) 

Roxxica (18) 

Jason Sadofsky (87) 

Stampmeister Kevin (69) * 

Devlin Thompson (67, 119) 

Matt Towler (84) 

Kate Tremblay (15) 

Lynne Alisse Witten (79) 

Front Cover by 
Matt Towler 

Moral Support & General Assistance 
Carolyn MacDonald 
Karl Janice 
Art Director 
Cari Goldberg 

Endless Mailing Label Work 
Bartlett Ridge 
Official Driver 
Gay Kendall 
New Age Researcher 
Remy Chevalier 
Loonie-Tune Researcher 
Bag of Water 
Cleaning By 

The Friendly Janitors, Inc. 

Approved by 

Eighteenth Century Communications, Ltd. 

Next Deadline: 

May 30, 1991 

Please note: We do not review material which arrives by expedited 
delivery (Express Mail, Federal Express, etc.) during the week of 
the deadline. 






highlighted. This time: ADULT VIDEO NEWS , 
THE ANIMAL'S AGENDA , CONCERTINA & 
SQUEEZEBOX , GAUNTLET , MILK & 
CHEESE , MURDER CAN BE FUN 

Zine Reviews 16 

This is where to look for periodicals, unless they 
are oriented primarily to music, comics or 
poetry—for which see the next three sections. 

Music Zine Reviews 57 

Comics Reviews 66 

On the Electronic Frontier 74 

Computer Bulletin Board and Software reviews 
for your edification. 

Poetry Reviews 77 

Both poetry zines and chapbooks will be found 

in this section. 

One-Shot Reviews 82 

Reviews of pamphlets, booklets, leaflets and 
other non-periodical items which are not perfect 
bound or hardcover. 

Video Reviews 87 

NTSC Cyberbeat 88 

Ted Stamas regales us with excerpts from his 
phone conversations about cutting-edge video 
work. 

The Fishing Hole 89 

Joe Lane talks about organizing a small press 
staff. 

Experioddica 91 

Bob Grumman explores the world of visual 


TABLE OF CONTENTS 

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News of books you can buy from us, sales of our mailing list 
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If you're new to the world of zines, please take a few moments 
to read this advice on ordering copies. 

Those Funny Numbers 5 

How to read the pagecount code at the end of each review. 
Advertising Rates 5 

Why not consider Factsheet Five for your next adveritising 
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Coming Deadlines 5 

Changes of Address 6 

Lost Addresses 6 

Do you know where any of these people have gone? 

Dead Zines 6 

Alas, another list of people who have recently ceased publishing. 
Errata 6 

Yes, we make mistakes. Here's a list of the ones from last issue. 
Hall of Shame 7 

T-Shirt Reviews 7 

Artifact Reviews 7 

Artifacts are things that have a presence beyond being carriers 
of print—buttons, stickers, armbands, Moebius strips and other 
goodies. 

Games 9 

Important Events 10 

Mail Art Contacts 11 

Miscellaneous News 12 

Noted but not seen 13 

Zines which sent us advertising instead of copies. 

Editorial 14 

In which the Co-Editors talk to the reader about marriage, tapes, 
the electronic frontier and other good stuff. 

Publishers' Choice 15 

In which a few exciting zines from the past two months are 


poetry. 

Why Publish? 

In which several publishers answer this curious questjon. 
Conspiracy Comer 

Kerry Thomley discusses the recent war in the Gulf. 

Oka Golf Course: Opening Ceremonies 

A short story by Misha with an illustration by Mezmer 
Audio Reviews 

If it's on record, tape or CD, this is where to find it. 
Spoken Word 

Audio reviews of more textual works. 

Book Reviews 
Letters 

The readers talk back. 

Classified Ads 


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FACTSHEET FIVE PROJECTS 

•THE SAMISDAT METHOD is Merritt Gifton's book on doing 
your own offset printing, at home, for as little money as possible. 
It garnered rave reviews in the first three editions, and now 
FACTSHEET FIVE is proud to be bringing out the fourth edition. 
This 112-page operfect-bound book can be yours, shipping included, 
for the cover price of $10.00 if you act now. 

•The first FACTSHEET FIVE compilation tape is out! Subtitled 
"Music For The Perplexed", it's meant as an introduction to new 
music for our readers, whether you're familiar with the field or not. 
On the tape you'll hear: Sirens Call, Eric Hausmann, Raymond Bally, 
Lab Rat, The Atomics, Bern Nix, Sam Black Church, Arms of 
Someone New, Arson Garden, The Easygoings, Changes to Blind, 
and Mental Anguish; a pretty good line-up, we think. With liner 
notes from Ray Bally and art by Joey Shea, the tape can be yours 
for only $6.95 postpaid. Try it, you'll like it. 

•STALKING THE WILD READER IN RIVER CITY is a 56-page 
account of the small press over the last couple of decades in Terre 
Haute, Indiana, written by our Fishing Hole columnist Joe Lane. 
The cover price is $5, but you can get a copy postpaid for $4 
because you're smart enough to read about it here. 

•A couple of things which used to be FF projects are now being 
handled by other people. The Gemstone File, that medley of modern 
conspiracy theory running over 100 pages, is available for $12.50 
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Ron will give you 5* per page credit for new conspiracy material 
you send him in trade. And Martti Koski's pamphlet MY LIFE 
DEPENDS ON YOU, telling of his own experiences with mind 
control at the hands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, may 
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TN 39830. 

•We have available for other publishers a list of distributors and 
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•The collected WHY PUBLISH? book, including most of the 
words published on this subject in the first 30 issues of FF, as well 
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more. 

•If you like Anni Ackneris columns you'll love her book. The 
collection is called NOBODY LOVES A VISUAL ARTS CRITIC, and 
it features all of her writings from FF, as well as four new columns 
(unavailable elsewhere), an introduction by Elayne Wechsler and 
graphics by Freddie Baer. 134 pages long, you can get a copy book 
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Lucinda Goodwin's (PO Box 127224, San Diego, CA 92112) offer 




























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Jim Testa's (151 First Ave., Box A., New York, NY 10003) Demo 
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R. Whereveris (11 Bayberry Ln., Cohasset, MA 02025) offer to 
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those who already own the first edition. 

GETTING ZINES 

Just a few hints to consider when you're writing away for fanzines: 

•If we list a name in the address for a zine, you ought to make 
checks or money orders out to that name rather than the zine name. 
If a zine has odd payment requirements, we try to note this in the 
address section of the listing. In general, cash is preferable to money 
orders which are preferable to checks. But if you send cash, wrap 
it carefully, and don't send coins! 

•On a related topic, when we put a question mark after the 
price it means that we're guessing because the zine editors didn't 
list a price. 

•We list single copy rates whenever we can find them, otherwise 
we try to indicate how many issues your subscription covers. If we 
put something like "$10/yr" it means we can't tell how many issues 
come out in a year. 

•If we separate issue numbers with a dash, they're single issues; 
a slash indicates two-in-one issues. So, for example, "#7-11/12" 
indicates that we received #7, a double issue containing #11 and 
#12, and everything in between. Prices given are for one issue, not 
for a set of all the issues reviewed, unless otherwise indicated. 

•On zines with a price under $1, it really helps to include a few 
stamps for postage. "SASE" means self-addressed stamped envelope: 
#10 with 25* postage unless otherwise specified. 

•Don't send loose coins in an envelope. If you want to send 
coins, tape them to an index card and wrap a piece of paper around 
that. And remember that there's a postal surcharge on envelopes 
more than 1/4 inch thick. 

•Canadians and some Britishers generally don't mind receiving 
U.S. funds in cash. For Canada it is generally safe to send US$1 
for each C$1 in price; the exchange rate is high enough to cover 
postage. For Great Britain, US$2 for each £1 asking price similarly 
allows for postage even after covering the exchange. For other 
countries you should think about alternative payment. Foreign 
currency is available at larger banks, and IRCs (International Reply 
Coupons, which can be exchanged for stamps almost anywhere in 
the world) at your post office. Foreign MOs are also available from 
the post office, but can take forever to get. Sending checks to other 
countries is not a good idea; bank exchange charges can be 
outrageous. 

•"Age Statement" means that you should send along a signed 
note saying that you're over 18 (or over 21, if you are) to help the 
publisher avoid legal hassles associated with distributing sexually- 
explicit material. In fact, it's a good idea to include an age statement 
for any zine that might contain blunt writing or explicit pictures, 
whether we mention it in the review or not. 

•OPENQUOTEThe Usual" refers to the traditional method of 
obtaining SF fanzines without sullying oneself with cash. Generally 
this includes trading other zines, writing Iocs, contributing articles 
or art, or being recipient of a whim. These days $1 is often accepted 














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as the equivalent to these more active approaches. 

•We'd appreciate it if you'd mention FACTSHEET FIVE when 
ordering zines you saw reviewed here. It helps us all in the long 
run, as the more credibility we build up the more fine zines we'll 
be able to bring to your attention. 

•If you have any problems with a zine please let us know. We'll 
be happy to contact publishers in cases of non-receipt. 99% of the 
time it's just a case of things being lost in the mail. If you are 
writing to complain, it is imperative to include all the details: what 
you ordered, when, what form of payment and how much you 
sent, as well as what you've done to follow up yourself. 

•If you have time, any zine publisher enjoys hearing comments 
on the zine he has sent you. This is especially true if you didn't 
like it; we all like to improve. Even 3 simple note of thanks can 
make a publisher's day, though. 

•Many zine publishers print small quantities, so you may not be 
able to get the exact issue that I reviewed. If you must have that 
particular issue, say so, and be prepared to pay extra. Otherwise 
it's best just to request the most recent or the next issue and save 
trouble for everyone. And be patient; if the current issue is all gone, 
it may take a while. 

•And since it may take a while, the envelope your order came 
in may get lost. Make sure your address is on the letter itself! 
Otherwise you may not get your copy despite the best intentions 
of the publisher. 

•Most zine publishers are willing to exchange their zines for 
others, so we generally don't mention this in listings unless I know 
they don't swap. But use some discretion—a 150-page typeset music 
publication is unlikely to swap with a 4-page xeroxed newsletter on 
Central American farming. And remember, publishers are under no 
obligation to respond to unsolicited zines, so if you can't afford to 
give away the copy, don't send it. . 

•When an advertiser or publication indicates a price of, for 
example, 0 2°° or o5°°, you should send that many Federal Reserve 
Notes ("dollar bills") in cash. Many people would say $2 or $5, but 
there are those who draw a strong distinction between authentic 
dollars and the evidence of the US debt issued by the Federal 
Reserve. 

•When ordering books, shirts, comics and other non-periodicals 
which originate within your own state, be sure to enclose money 
to cover sales tax. 

★ ★★★★ 


THOSE FUNNY NUMBERS 

What the little stuff in parentheses after each zine review do is 
tell you how big the zine is. First comes a letter for the size of the 
paper, or at least close to it: 

A3 
A4 
A5 
D 
HL 
HS 
L 
M 
MM 
O 
Q 
S 
T 


WAEOIOS GRAPHICS 
EXCHANGE 


SCHOLARLY SICKNESS FOR THE MASSES!!! DELVE INTO THE REALM OF 
MORBIDITY THAT CONSTITUTES THE HUMAN CONDITION. SPECIALIZED 
RESEARCH AVAILABLE IN SINGLES OR MULTIPLES OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING 
CATEGORIES: 



Human Sacrifice, Self Mutilation (Pick Your Part), Funeral Rites, Rippers & 
Stabbers, Gallows Humor, Skin Disease, Necrophilia, Genetic Mutation, Coroner's Photos, 
Cannibalism, Cemetery & Death Art, Demonology, Torture, Mass Murder, Death Trivia, 
Occult Research, Strange Suicides,, Grave Robbing, Auto-Erotic Fatalities, Diabology, Evil 
Poetry, Satanic Art & Literature, Sex Crimes, Ghosts, Paranormal Phenomena, Vampirism, 
Humorous Epitaphs, Weird Fetishes, Crime Quiz + Answers. Insanity, Eschatology, Horror 
& Splatter Movie Stills, Skull Art, Facial Mutilation, Assassination Techniques, Execution, 
Freeze-Frame Death, Fortean Data, Terata, Curious Demises, Christian Ephemera, 
Despotism, Serial Killers, Genocide, Calendar of Death, Military Curiosities, Secret 
Societies, Beastiality, Flagellation, Famous Curses, Roman Ceasars, Shit/Piss Eaters, 
Ancient Cults, Bizarro Trivia, Addams Family, Eccentric Wills, Odd Customs & Beliefs, 
Zodiac of Death, Spontaneous Human Combustion, Strange Dying Words, Incredible 
Coincidences.STRAIGHT TO YOUR MAILBOX! 

- THE SICKER THE LETTER, THE SICKER YOUR ORDER - 

- SORRY, NO CATALOG AVAILABLE - 

SEND $2.00 PER CATEGORY + $1.50 U.S./ S2.50 FOREIGN 
FOR POSTAGE AND HANDLING TO: 

• P.O. BOX 4527 • PORTLAND, OR. 97208 

ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO: GARY FRANKLIN 


A3 size, about 11 1/2 by 16 1/4 
A4 size, about 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 
A5 size, about 5 3/4 by 8 1/4 
Digest, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 
Half Legal, 7 by 8 1/2 or 4 1/4 by 14 
Half Standard, 4 1/4 by 11 
Legal, 8 1/2 by 14 
Mini, 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 
Micro, smaller than mini 
Oversized, larger than tabloid or odd-sized 
Quarto, 8 by 10 
Standard, 8 1/2 by 11 
Tabloid, usually 11 by 17 on newsprint 
Next comes a number, which is the number of pages. Last there 
may be a suffix: "t" for typeset or laser-printed, or "r" for 
photo-reduced or small type. 

Also, at the front of reviews of zines being listed for the first 
time you will find the symbol □ 

ADVERTISING 

FACTSHEET FIVE advertising space is available as follows: 

Back Cover 7 1/2 by 6 1/4 

Full Page 7 1/2 by 9 3/4 

Half Page 7 1/2 by 4 3/4 

Half Page 3 3/4 by 9 3/4 

Quarter Page 3 3/4 by 4 3/4 

Eighth Page 3 3/4 by 2 1/4 • 

Twelfth Page 7 1/4 by 2 

Copy should be submitted as camera-ready, in the stee it is to 
run. For sizes not on the list, please call me. Please note: a standard 
business card is an eighth-page ad. Current rates are as follows: 

Back Cover with Second Color $190.00 

Full Page with Second Color $170.00 

Full Page $145.00 

Half Page $80.00 

Quarter Page $50.00 

Eighth Page $25-00 

Twelfth Page $12.50 

Ads which are paid in advance for two or more insertions may 
take a 20% discount from the above prices—and are protected from 
price rises during the life of the ad. This 
discount does not apply to twelfth page ads. 
This discount also does not apply to ads with 
a second color. 

Ad space needing a second color, either 
back cover or interior, should be reserved with 
us before sending in copy, as this space is 
obviously limited. Ads for the inside back cover 
should also be reserved. Other ads need not 
reserve space in advance, though you're 
welcome to do so. Generally, we do not trade 
advertising with other publishers, though we 
make rare exceptions for those with a large 
circulation in areas that I don't ordinarily reach. 

Classified ads are now available for 25* per 
word, minimum 20 words, maximum 500 
words. 

Please note that the back cover ad space 



is not the same size as a full interior page! 

Deadlines for upcoming 

issues: 

#42 

Apr. 18, 1991 

#43 

May 31, 1991 

#44 

July 18, 1991 

#45 

Sept. 5, 1991 

#46 

Oct. 17, 1991 

#47 

Nov. 28, 1991 












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CHANGES OF ADDRESS 

•Ajax Records, Tim Adams and THE POPE have jointly relocated 
to PO Box 805293, Chicago, IL 60680-4114. 

•Kevin "G.G. Allin has been shipped off to 206045, Muskegon 
Correctional Facility, 2400 S. Sheridan Rd., Muskegon, MI 49442, 
Lock El. 

•AMOK has moved to Corey von Vielliez, Trisstrasse 19, 6700 
Ludwigshagen, GERMANY. 

•ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES has moved to PO Box 300031, 


Minneapolis, MN 55403. 

•BLEEDING EYESORE is at 46 Leatham Park Road, Purston, 
Pontefract, W. Yorks, WF7 5DT, UK. 

•CAMELLIA now grows at PO Box 4092, Ithaca, NY 14852. 
•CHAOS COMIX has moved to 1162 N., Park, Victoria, BC, V8T 
1C8, CANADA. 

•COMPOST MODERN LIFE, COUNTER CULTURE, Sean Wolf 
Hill and associated projects have fetched up at 42 Cold Brook Rd., 
Hampden, ME 04444. 

•EXTROPY and Max More are at PO Box 77243, Los Angeles, 
CA 90007-0243. 

•THE GAME'S AFFOT and Zirlinson Publications have relocated 


cross-country to 1036 Glacier Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044. 

•The Hospitality Exchange and Jo-Lily have relocated to 4215 
Army St., San Francisco, CA 94131. 

•Geof Huth and all his various zines and projects have relocated 
to 317 Princetown Road, Schenectady, NY 12306. 

•Joy Before the Storm and Benedictine Tapes are now at PO Box 
599, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052-0599. 

•THE LEDGE is now sitting at PO Box 11635, Cincinnati, OH 
45211-0635. 

•MOE WORKS AT WAL-MART has moved to Bob Pomeroy, 
PO Box 320753, Tampa, FL 33679-2753 (and the next issue has been 
delayed by a disastrous fire). 

•Mychele is now at PO Box 82344, Phoenix, AZ 85071-2344. 

•Nocturnal Records is at PO Box 399, Royal Oak, MI 48068. 

•NO EXTERNAL COMPULSION and Criterion have gone to 102 
E. Gorham, Madison, WI 53703. 

•NO SCENE ANYWHERE and Bill Burg are at 7453 Evening 
Way, Citrus Hts, CA 95621. 

•NOVOID and Colin Hinz are now squatting at PO Box 161, 
Orillia, ONT, L3V 6H9, CANADA. 

•OX/FACE THE FACTS and Joachim Hiller are now at Joseph- 
Boismard-Weg 5, 4300 Essen 13, GERMANY): 

•Oyster Publications has relocated to 1003 Ave. X, Apt. A, 
Lubbock, TX 79401. 



•PACIFIC OCEAN 
ECOLOGIST may now 
be found with Bradley M. 
Gordon, PO Box 90775, 
San Diego, CA 92169. 

•POETS WITH JOBS 
are working at 1705 14th 
St. #272, Boulder, CO 
80302-6365. 

•PUDDLEZINE has 
joined some other folks 
in PO Box 11374, Berke¬ 
ley, CA 94701. 

•RAG is now in PO 
Box 850018, Mesquite, TX 
75185-0018. 

•ROLLER SPORTS 
REPORT and WATCH 


THE CLOSING DOORS have moved to Box 1290, 1204 Avenue U, 
Brooklyn, NY 11229-4198. 

•THE SECRETS OF LIFE AND DEATH have moved to 93 E. 
Ashland, Phoenix, AZ 85004. 

•A SNAKE! slithered off to PO Box 1511, Bellingham, WA 98227. 
Remember, since it costs us 30* just to get your COA if the Post 
Office tells us, and remailing your FF would cost us the price of 
another copy plus first class postage (they don't return whole issues, 
just covers), we're not inclined to send you a replacement when 
this happens. If you want to keep your collection complete, send 
me your Change of Address as soon as you know it! 

LOST ADDRESSES 

Anybody got a current address for any of these? 

•ANATHEMATA 

•Contra Mundo Press 

•FARM 

•INFANTAZINE 

•Jonathon London, last seen in Graton, CA ,and Dr. Dread, last 
seen in Arcadia, CA (both requested by EOTU) 

•Cerebral Shorts (requested by Colin Hinz) 

•Drippo's "Church of Sex" and Gramavision, Gaia Records (both 
requested by AUDIO CARPAETORIUM). 

•Lovers and Other Monsters, who sent us a tape with no return 
address. 

•MILLION YEAR PICNIC (requested by FOOD FOR THOUGHT) 
•Bill Nicholas, Lori Morgan (last seen in Erie PA), Cheryl Fish 
and Ed Hughes aka Turtle (requested by BIG HAMMER) 

•David Sausser (requested by AMP) 

•Joe Schwind 
•THINK! 

•Anyone had any luck with the Lunatic Labs BBS number in the 
last FF? 

By the way, if you've had any correspondents go missing lately, 
feel free to send their names to be added to this listing. 

DEAD ZINES 

All of the following have ceased publication in the last few 
months: 

•ALIVE 

•BACKLASH 

•CERES 

•DUSTY DOG REVIEWS (DUSTY DOG continues to publish) 

•INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISER 

•KURLUK 

•METRO RIQUET 

•MYTH INFORMATION 

•NEWSLETTER WITH NO NAME (to be replaced by PAGES 
FROM MY JOURNAL) 

•THE NEWS OF THE WATCHMEN 

•NEW WAVE IS ALIVE (replaced by WHAT UP!) 

•ORLANDO RADIO DIGEST 
•ROCK AROUND THE WORLD 
•THE WONDERLAND TIMES 

ERRATA 

•BRAIN CANCER was erroneously given the wrong zip code in 
#42; the right zip code should be: 48065. 

•FUNMARE INK'S correct address is 627 Taylor St. #21, San 
Francisco, CA 94102. 

•The correct address for THE JOE NEWS is PO Box 153, Back 
Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117. OK, guys, call off your lawyers! 

•The correct address for THE LEDGE is do Timothy Monaghan, 
64-65 Cooper Ave., Glendale, NY 11385. 

•RADICAL DEPARTURE is 25* & SASE. 




















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•A SNAKE! is $2, not $1 as we printed. 

•The correct price for TORN SCROTUM is $2.75. 

•The correct address for Vinson Watson is 4141 S. Indiana, 
Chicago, IL 60653. 

•The correct price for XIZQUIL is $3.50. 

HALL OF SHAME 

We have unresolved complaints of non-delivery about the 
following zines. Write for them at your own risk. While we are 
happy to try to settle problems, please wait at least 6 weeks and 
send at least one follow-up letter with an SASE before you complain 
to us. Please note that you really have to work at it to end up on 
this list. If you write us to complain about a publisher, first we'll 
write to the publisher myself and see if things can be straightened 
out. Then, after a month, if there's still no satisfaction and no good 
explanation, they'll end up here. 

•Anarchy Records 

•ANATHEMATA 

•Artcite, store, Windsor, ONT 

•Bick's Books, Washington, DC 

•CROW, Bill-Dale Marcinko, Wharton, NJ. 

•Garry De Young, who stiffed us for payment on an ad. 

•Chris Duffy, distributor, Makanda, IL 

•Kevin Langdon 

•Newsbeat, distributor, Davis, CA 

•Ray Ram is a person, not a publisher, but he owes us ten 
bucks and has moved without forwarding address and perhaps 
seeing his name here will shame him into coughing it up. 

•TRUE CRIME TRADING CARDS (Apparently moved without 
forwarding address—watch out for other projects by Kim Asseley) 

T-SHIRTS (& other clothing) 

•"Don't Leave Home Without It" is the caption on the latest 
shirt from Little Green Man Press (3776 Manila Ave., Oakland, CA 
94609). It features a guy walking down the street with his head 
under his arm. Available for $13 in either black on white or white 
on black all-cotton shirts. You can still get a catalog of all the LGM 
shirts for only $1. 

•"THE FEAR OF DEATH IS THE BEGINNING OF SLAVERY" 
is the latest shirt out from Renegade Graphex (928 Lovell St., 
Kalamazoo, MI 49007). It's got that caption in black over a red 
woodcut showing a skeleton dancing around an old man. White 
100% cotton shirts sell for 12.50. You can get their catalog for an 
SASE or 4 IRCs. 

•Eric Knisley (107-H W. Main, Carrboro, NC 27510) sent us three 
great shirts, and we stupidly lost the piece of paper with the price 
on them. What the heck, $10 each, and if that's wrong I'm sure 
he'll tell you. "A Glimpse of Paradise" and "The Arena of 
Temptation" are black on white shirts, big drawings crammed with 
detail, sort of a modern Hieronymus Bosch. Then there's our favorite, 
a four-color print of some big-eyed character who looks like she 
came out of a piece of attime, saying "Look at Yourself—A Fool 
Drunk on Lowly Pleasures!". Better throw in a little extra for that 
last one. 

•Lifeforms Unlimited (PO Box 6363, Santa Rosa, CA 95406) sells 
t-shirts by David Lee Ingersoll, with strange aliens on them. Looks 
like you can get the catalog for a stamp. 



•NO BLOOD FOR SPAM t-shirts used to be "No Blood For Oil" 
shirts, with that caption in red with dripping blood. But now the 
"Oil" is crossed out and "SPAM" written in in black. I don't know 
what it all means, and if you're like to perplex your neighbors too, 
you can get one by sending $8 to SPAM, 2316 Delaware Ave. Box 
211, Buffalo, NY 14216. 100% cotton shirts. 

•Out of Band Experience features their logo on their t-shirts, a 
grinning guy over a television with their 800 number (1-800-Out-Band) 
on the screen. Printed in black on a gray 100% cotton shirt, they're 
available for $10 from Bill T. Miller, PO Box 221, Boston, MA 02123. 

•Strip T's is a T-shirt company run by the talented Stephanie, 
with tons of designs. The one she sent me is "Possessed", a dubious 
looking cat with the caption "When he told her his cat was possessed 
by ELVIS...she 
laughed! But 
later, when she 
noticed the 

sneer,... she 
wasn't so 

sure..." There 
are tons of 
other designs, 
including a lot 
of fantastically 
funny work 
dealing with re- 
la tionships. 

Black on a 
white all-cotton 
shirt with 
hand-painted 
color high¬ 
lights, the 
shirts are $14 
from Stephanie 
H. Piro, PO 
Box 522, Alton, 

NH 03809. 

•TRACTI 
ON (PO Box 
71033, Milwau¬ 
kee, WI 

5321 l):has 
shirts out with 
their zine's 
logo, the name 
plus this cool 
skull with a 
cross on the 
forehead and a 
gear in the cor¬ 
ner. Visually 
quite striking, 
they are avail¬ 
able in black on 
white 100% cot¬ 
ton shirts for $8 


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in L or XL only. 

•The T-Shirt of the Month Club is still going strong. Freddie 
Baer does silkscreen work with fine lines that astound most people 
who know what's going on with the field. The shirts are colored 
100% cotton, and tend to feature old woodcuts in surreal 
rearrangements. April's shirt, for example, has the human blood 
system plus assorted other anatomy and, for some reason, a 
flowering plant. March was a lady reclining elegantly in her garden, 
along with a giant lizard. $27 will make you a member for three 
months, sent to Freddie at PO Box 410151, San Francisco, CA 
94141-0151—though you might end up on a waiting list for available. 
Also available is a postwar commemorative button with a happy 
face and "Have a Nice War", $1.50. Freddie has also done an 
"Against War" shirt, a collage of battles from classical times to the 
atomic bomb, white ink on a black shirt, quite arresting. $9.50 for 
L or XL, $11.50 for XXL—nothing smaller because the design is so 
large. $2 from each shirt goes to CCCO, the draft resistance group. 

•UNDERGROUND GRAPHIX (PO Box 45178, Kansas City, MO 
64111) offers a variety of shirts for $11 postage paid. "Food" is by 
John Bergin, in 4 colors on a gray 75-25 shirt, and showing things 

like "Congress Food" (a 
dollar bill) and "Shark 
Food" (a kid with a beach 
ball). Then there's "The 
Shotgun Blast" by Greg 
Bloom, a striking drawing 
in black and fluorescent 
red on a white 100% 
cotton shirt, showing 
some strange skeletal 
equine creature getting its 
chest blown out. High 
quality art for the fringes. 



DYSLEXIC JAR PRQJEGI 

SEND ME A POSTCARD AND I WILL SEND 
YOU A .5 OZ. JAR FOR YOU TO FILL UP 
wrm ANYTHING YOU WANT FROM 
WHERE YOU LIVE. THEN YOU SEND IT 
BACK TO ME. I WANT SPECIMENS FROM 
EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY AND WORLD. 
SO DO m DYSLEXIC, BOX 4763, 
BOULDER, CO 80306 USA 


•VIRUS 23 t-shirts 
show the cover from their 



VHMEIRQS 
NevaR Die 


Vampire T-SHIRTS! 

black on orange or 
black on white 

m.I.xl $12 ppd. 

THE LAST DAYS OF 
CHRIST THE VAMPIRE 

by J.G. Eccarius 
"Hilarious" - Anarchy 
"Blasphemous" - Fifth Estate 

WE SHOULD HAVE KILLED THE KING 

by J.G. Eccarius 

"An interesting, chewy, different book" 

- Mike Gunderloy 
"A picaresque novel for the Baby 
Bust generation." - Jim Martin 
"i was freaked out after I finished it. Be 
sure & read this!" - Iron Feather Journal 



CAUTION! READING THIS BOOK MAY | 

BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH! H 


THIS’LL KILL YA 

by Harry Willson 

'There’s something in the book to 
outrage everyone, ranging from a 
conjugation of the verb 'to shit" and 
other anglo-saxon-isms to explicit sex, 
violence, and attacks on religion and 
science... a profound sense of humor." 
- ideas & action 

All books pb, 192 pages, $7 postpaid 
Free Catalog upon request 

Please note our new address: 

III Publishing 
POB 170363 

San Francisco, CA 94117-0363 


issue number pi, a woodcut guy with demons flying from his hair 
and thinking "2+3=23". It's all very striking and a bit frightening, 
in white on a black 50/50 shirt. Looks like about $10 worth, from 
Box 46, Red Deer, AB, T4N 5E7, CANADA 

ARTIFACTS 

•An Astroboy Pin is available from Eddy Jersey, PO Box 50454, 
Austin, TX 78763-0454, for trade only. He accepts other pins, 
Astroyboy collectibles, unopened packs of Simpson's trading cards, 
or a handful of metal clothing studs. 

•Base Balling Cards ($2 (?) from Paul Weinman, 79 Cottage Ave., 
Albany, NY 12203) come in packs of 20, together with a condom 
with a baseball drawn on the package. The cards themselves feature 
White Boy poems with strong sexual content on one side, and 
drawings by Mike Diana on the other, printed on a variety of 
fluorescent colors. An underground collectible. 

•BLACK & BLOODY X: MY BOOTPRINT ON YOUR FORE¬ 
HEAD ($3 from Julie Peasley, Dyslexic, PO Box 4763, Boulder, CO 
80306): This is a small booklet, but it seems pretty artifactual due 
to the plastic lamination of tiny plastic ants into each page. The 
other sides have gruesome color roadkill photos. Nasty. A 12-page 
mini. 

($4 from Fog Press, PO Box 31431, San Francisco, CA 94131): 
This is a selection of goodies for those just getting into the wide 
world of condoms, including 3 lubricant samples and 15 assorted 
condoms, from ultra-thin to colored to lubed in a variety of ways. 
The instructions are explicit and aimed at gay men, but of course 
the condom itself won't know what orientation you are. Lots of 
humor and solid info here. Also available from the same folks are 
buttons, "Kiss Me, I'm a Diseased Pariah", $1 each. •Freedom Now 
Button Source (PO Box 350, Malta, IL 60150) sell a variety of buttons, 
with anti-authoritarian and alternative themes. They're all hand-col¬ 
ored too. The samples they sent me include a staring eye, Bart 
saying "The war on drugs is a war on you, man!" and a psychedelic 
peace symbol, but the one I like the best is the rendition of the 
hookah-smoking caterpillar. $1 each up to ten buttons, plus 29tf each 







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shipping; discounts for larger quantities. Custom designs also 
available. 

•Gun Earrings ($2 from Julie Peasley, Dyslexic, PO Box 4763, 
Boulder, CO 80306): Just what the title says, a pair of small guns 
attached to earring hooks. Come in 4 models: .44 magnum snub-nose 
revolver, P-38 automatic, .357 magnum revolver, or .45 Colt Combat 
Commander. Stock is black, but Julie will paint them to your 
instructions. 

•THE HATERS, "Shear" ($7 from G.X. Jupitter-Larson, PO Box 
323, Fremont, CA 94537): This is the latest "conceptual record" for 
Jupitter-Larson and company. It consists of a cotton ball wrapped 
in several small strips of paper which give the instructions for 
"playing" it. It's a limited signed and numbered edition, and the 
price includes shipping, but still... 

•MODOM 58A ($1 or "trade of something essential for life" from 
Kurt Beaulieu, 4230 Pierre de Coubertin #9, Montreal, Que., HIV 
1A4, CANADA): This is Kurt's interpretation of the Modom project, 
a proposal for artifacts from whoever cares to construct them. His 
is a card with a bit of gouache inside, issued in a strictly limited 
edition. 

•NAILS FROM JESUS' CROSS ($5.50 from Julie Peasley, 
Dyslexic, PO Box 4763, Boulder, CO 80306): This one will offend a 
lot of people. It's three big spikes, with red something on the ends, 
in a baggie with some little Christian handouts altered to be rather 
blasphemous. The price is high because of shipping costs, but if 
you want to advertise an aggressive atheism, this may be just the 
thing. 

•Personal Charmlets ($2 or more from Julie Peasley, Dyslexic, 
PO Box 4763, Boulder, CO 80306): These are little laminated collages, 
handmade to order by the famous Julee-Peazlee. Prices vary 
depending on how elaborate a charmlet you want. 

•Starhead Comix (PO Box 30044, Seattle, WA 98103) has some 
promotional stuff out with their logo, well known in the indie comics 
world. You can get stickers for 50*, a button for $1, or a lovely 
handmade ceramic pin for $8.50. 

•TALES OF JERRY (Jane J. Oliver, 244 S. A St., Santa Rosa, 
CA 95401), an underground rock and roll vampire comic book, is 
out with a cloissone pin of Jerry himself, about 3/4" high. You can 
get one for $56. 

•Tray Full of Lab Mice (Matt Jasper, PO Box 356, Durham, NC 
03824) sent a very strange picture for review,with eggs and 
graveyards and birth and skiers and other things wrapped up in 
the color section, and strange writings scribbled in the margin. You 
can have your own for only $3. 

•A VOICE WITHOUT SIDES #5 ($1 & a stamp from Geof Huth, 
317 Princetown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306): This is a small poetry 
zine in the shape of a fully functional earring, folded so it is less 
than an inch on a side. TTie 
poetry here is wordplayish, 
with work from Jonathan 
Brannen and Jake Berry. 

•Yes! Pigs Can Fly! (PO 
Box 1613, Jackson, WY 83001) 
sent us their current catalog 
of rubber stamps, plus a copy 
of the one shown right here. 

They have some really delight¬ 
ful designs (we both like "NO 
DROOLERS") plus eraser 
carvings and rubber stamps of 
petroglyphs. And the catalog 
is pretty fun all by itself—try 
sending a buck for your copy. 

GAMES 

•BOXED NIGHTMARES ($11.95 from Palladium Books, 5926 
Lonyo, Detroit, MI 48210): This is a set of adventures for Palladium's 
Beyond the Supernatural game. It's got six different adventures, rife 
with non-player characters, background, hints for the GM, and even 
a tabloid newspaper reproduction that can be used to get the players 
started on chasing down some of these strange occurences (obviously 
the players should not be allowed to read this book!). There are 
also some extensions to the basic rules, including a set of rules for 
creating secret organizations for the players to be a part of, and 
suggestions for adding arcanist thieves and assassins to the basic 
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•Sceptre Roleplaying (PO Box 8578, UT Sta., Austin, TX 
78713-8578) is a two-year-old play by mail game, with about 70 
people already involved. Send them an SASE for more details, or 
if you can't wait the setup fee is only $3 and turns are 60* each. 
Their introductory material looks pretty interesting. 

IMPORTANT EVENTS 

•Spew is "The Homographic Convergence", May 25, 1991 at the 
Randolph Street Gallery, It will include a Queer Zine convention 
plus a party featuring Vaginal Creme Davis, Fifth Column and other 
notable homocore undergrounders. For more info, write to RSG at 
756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60622 or call Mary Jo at 
(312)-666-7737. 

•Bum Time will take place May 27 through May 31, in 
Washington DC and Auckland New Zealand. It's an event including 
exhibitions, mail art, fax art, and performance art, focusing on global 
atmospheric degradation. For more info contact Gareth branwyn, 
2630 Robert Walker PI., Arlington, VA 22207; 703-527-6032. 

•The 16th National Conference on Men & Masculinity will be 
in Tucson, Arizona from June 6-9, 1991. Registration is on a sliding 
scale from $50 to $175, and you can contact them at PO Box 41286, 
Tucson, AZ 85717-1286, or call 1-800-ITS-MM16. 

•The first annual Chaos Network Conference, for people applying 
chaos theory to social interaction studies, will be June 12-14, 1991 
at the Radisson Park Terrace Hotel in Washington, DC. For more 
information write the sponsors. People Technologies, at 200 Lincoln 
Sq., PO Box 4100, Urbana, IL 61801 or call Mark Michaels at 
217-328-0032. 

•TRANSITIONS ABROAD Mar/Apr 1991 ($4.50 Smaple copy 
from Dept. TRA, Box 3000, Denville, NJ 07834): The quarterly 
magazine for those wishing to live and work abroad, whether 
through schools or on your own. This issue is devoted to Eastern 
Europe: the Soviet Union (giving alternatives to packaged tourism), 
confusion in travelling in the Eastern Bloc, and various work camps 
in that part of the world. Articles are written by people who have 
lived these experiences, so the information can be very valuable. 
(S-64t/CG) 


THE SECOND FACTUAL SWAMP FEST is looking for partici¬ 
pants in this year's event to be held in the Bay Area the last week 
of June. They're looking "for poets, musicians, performers, and 
others who would like to take part in a creative free-for-all. No 
rejections, no common sense." Contact Crag Hill, 491 Mardara #3, 
Oakland, CA 94610. 

•The 1991 Vegetarian Summerfest will be July 3-7 at Buckness 
University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. For more information contact 
NAVS at PO Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329. 

•The 12th New Music Seminar is July 13-17 in New York City. 
Preregistration is $285 through June 12, and you can contact them 
at 632 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 or register via credit card 
at 800-888-8596. 

•Support-In Sunday is July 14th, a day for public action against 
psychiatric oppression. This year they're focusing on trumpeting the 
scary return of electroshock. For more information, write the 
Support-In at PO Box 11284, Eugene, OR 97440 or call the Alliance 
at 800-724-7881. 

•The second Recurring Irritations Festival of Alternative Media 
is scheduled for August 5-11 at a variety of venues in Cleveland, 
with most activities free to all. Write them at Burning Press, PO 
Box 18817, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 or call (216)-221-8940. 

•Convergence is a festival scheduled for August 5-15 at the Grand 
Barn in Ontario. They're hoping to draw the alternative press, 
alternative music, alternative people and more to help structure 
positive actions for the world. More info from Peter Riden, 777 Barb 
Road, RR!1, Vankleek Hill, Ont., K0B 1R0, CANADA. 

•VOLGA-CON is a science fiction convention being organized 
by the SF Club "The Wind of Time" in the USSR. It will take place 
September 8-14, 1991. For more information, write to Boris A. 
Zavgorodny, Volgograd-66, Central Post Office, Poste Restante, 
USSR. 

•A Third Continental Congress has beerrcalled for July 3-5, 1992, 
to return the Federal government to its Constitutionally limited form. 
For more information write to the Continental Congress Organizing 
Committee, PO Box 1257, Escondido, CA92033-1257. 


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•Harmonic Convergence II is coming, July 26, 1992. For more 
information about this event, when human beings are supposed to 
enter into 4th dimensional Galactic Time, write to Willard Van De 
Bogart, 5939 Telegraph Ave. #209, Oakland, CA 94609. 

•A Celebration of Community is an ambitious gathering of 
intentional communities, seekers of community, cooperatives, collec¬ 
tives and so on being planned by the Fellowship for Intentional 
Community for June 23-27, 1993. It's going to be held at Evergreen 
State College in Olympia, Washington. For more information write 
to Fellowship for Intentional Community, '93 Communities Gathering, 
8600 University Blvd., Evansville, IN 47712. 

•If you're interested in a pagan events, you should subscribe to 
Larry Cornett's calendar of festivals, gatherings, and so on. $4 per 
year from 9527 Blake Ln. #102, Fairfax, VA 22031. 

MAIL ART 

We're reached the point where reviewing mail art is futile, an 
invitation to fill our mailbox with trash. So we're just going to 
announce shows and list people who send stuff. You may presume 
they're all interested in trading. You might also want to take a look 
at the new listing in the Zines section for THE JUNK MAIL ARTIST. 

•Aerial Print (Kazuyoshi Takeishi, 1-3-9, Shimazu, Suginami, 
Tokyo 167, JAPAN. 

•afungusboy (PO Box 134, Brockport, NY 14420). 

•Alizarin (PO Box 127, Wickatunk, NJ 07765). 

•Reed Altemus (PO Box 24, Cumberland, ME 04021). 

•Vittore Baroni (Via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio-LU, ITALY). 

•Rhanjit Bhatnagar (Electronic Eng. Dept., National Kaohsiung 
Inst. Tech., 415 Chien Kung Rd., Kaohsiunt 80782, TAIWAN 
ROC)(Until July 1 Only) 

•Donald F. Busky (7393 Rugby St., Philadelphia PA 19138-1236). 

•Communication Centre (Kom De Hul, Denderweg 4A, B-9308 
Gijsegem, BELGIUM) 

•Mike Duncan (1916 17 St. SW, Akron, OH 44314. 

•FaGaGaGa (PO Box 1382, Youngstown, OH 44501). 

•Joy of Detritus (Rt. 1 Box 373, C'Ville, VA 22903. 

•KILLER WHALE ($25 from either Luke McGuff, 4121 Interlake 
Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 or Mark Rose, 9037 Palatine Ave. N, 
Seattle, WA 98103): This project, a mail artist's delight and an 
archivist's nightmare, is spectacular enough to get a review even 
though we normally don't review mail art. Mailed in a gargantuan 
Federal Express tube (liberally plastered with stickers on the outside), 
it contains works from ten countries and dozens of artists. Some of 
the more elaborate contents: a tape and rubber stamp from the 
Cracker Jack kid, a piece of toast with a design burned into it by 
Kathy Shiroki, posters from Freddie Baer and J. LeRoy, and a film 
canister with words inside from the Huth clan. There are plenty of 
posters, plastic toys, postcards, and of course a catalog included. 
Everything you need to hold a mail art show in your own living 
room. (MG) 

•Gene Kuhn (1103 E. St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN 56304). Gene 
deserves special mention for managing to get the Post Office to take 
a plastic fish the size of a mackeral and deliver it to our door. 

•Laugh, Clown, Laugh (Alizarin, PO Box 127, Wickatunk, NJ 
07765) will be put together July 31; send 100 copies, 8 1/2 x 11, to 
participate. •Ruggero Maggi (C.so Sempione 67, 20149 Milano, 
ITALY). 

•Malok (PO Box 41, Waukau, WI 54980). 

•Mellow Mango (do Disco of Doom, Apt. #18 B Beal's Cove 
Rd., Hingham, MA 02043-2302)—send at least $1 for postage. 

•Anton Mechanism (8020 Central SE #405, Albuquerque, NM 
87108). 

•MODOM 3/8/91 is a single sheet continuing one of Jake Berry's 
projects, this one coming from Adam Tinkoff, 20 Daly St., Stamford, 
CT 06902. 

•"My Favorite Artist" is a show taking place June 16 through 
August 4, Any media, all work exhibited, no returns, documentation 
to all. Write Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Spring Garden & Tate Streets, 
Greensboro, NC 27412-5001. 

•New Year's Resolutions is the them of a show being run by 
A Classic Pair (PO Box 771, Royal Oak, MI 48068). Size and media 
open, rubber stamping appreciated, documentation to all. 

•A Non Prophet Organization (PO Box 13180, Jersey City, NJ 
07303). 

•The Northwest Ohio Giant Mail Art Extravaganza Show! (Nicol 
Kostic, PO Box 4673, Toledo, OH 43620) will be happening this fall. 


including a gallery showing. No rejections, no returns, theme: art 
& poetry. 

•Robert Pasternak (291 Rupertsland Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2V 
0G5, CANADA) is looking for something very specific: the Jokers 
from decks of playing cards. He is willing to swap artwork for 
exceptional cards. 

•Recycle Now! is the mailart project of the American Gnostic 
Church (PO Box 1219, Corpus Christi, TX 78403). Send them a 
postcard and they will send you a recycled one. 

•Baba Rae Saba, "French Canadian Mystic" (24 Main St., S. 
Grafton, MA 01560-1133). 

•Steve Sanborn, 5400 26th St. W #M-212, Bradenton, FL 34209). 

•The Second Amendment Project is collecting opinions on the 
right to keep and bear arms, with the hope of growing into "a zine 
or an exhibit or a party to the next Constitutional Convention". 
More info from PO Box 11574, Berkeley, CA 94701. 


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#092. "No War!" 

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#118. "U.S. out of the Gulf!" 

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#140. "Space is for Deadheads 
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•Song Exchange is a continuing action, 
send a song and get one back. (Belin 
Czechowicz, ul. Dragonow 8 m. 16, 

00-567 Warszawa, POLAND). 

•The Universal Fax Transmission Net¬ 
work "is involved with sending weird 
faxes around the globe". Call 312-275-0848 
to join. 

•Unshorn and Proud is a show doc¬ 
umenting women keeping their underarm 
hair uncut. For more info, contact 220 
Productions, 1345 Oak Right Turnpike 
#163, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. 

•Michael Voodoo (PO Box 12461, 

Lake Park, FL 33403. 

•Wall-ter (PO Box 111, Lebanon, KV 
40033). 

•Jokie X. Wilson (4301 W. 29th St 
#175, Tucson, AZ 85711-6369). 

OTHER NEWS 

•ALTERNATIVE VOICE fanzine is on 
hold until its editor graduates. 

•Bill from Stylized Toaster reports 
having lost the addresses on a couple of 
orders; if he owes you merchandise, 
please drop him a line. 

•Dennis Bums (10248 Lola Ct., Concord Twp., OH 44077) does 
regular mailings of want lists and contact data to collectors of radio 
memorabilia. I imagine an SASE would get you a sample. 

•Cadillac Blacksmithing (PO Box 861, Lyons, CO 80540) does 
custom smith work, including damascus and knives from meteoric 
iron. Prices start at $100 and go up from there. Send a stamp for 
their flyer. 


•The Cedar Creek Battlefield Founda¬ 
tion (PO Box 229, Middletown, VA 22654) 
is raising money to preserve this Civil War 
site, which includes the best surviving 
trenches from that war. 

•The Centre for Alternative Technol¬ 
ogy (Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ, 
WALES) is an outfit that both develops 
and displays to the public new alternative 
technology. They are currently in the midst 
of a stock offering and would probably 
send you a prospectus for a few IRCs. 

•Cohollican Productions (Mikel, 535 . 
Canedy, Springfield, IL 62704) is putting 
together a catalog of individual goods and 
services nationwide—he already has chefs, 
drummers, dress makers, welders and 
writers. More info for SASE, line listings 
free, paid ads also available. 

•CO-OP AMERICA ($2.00 from 2100 
M Street NW, Suite 403, PO Box 18217, 
Washington, DC 20036) offers a catalog 
filled with environmentally-conscious items 
from jewelry to lawn bags. You'll find 
recycled everything in here, including 
handblown glasses from Mexico. 

•Crystol Cards (608 100F, Denton, TX 76201) sell general-occasion 
cards. One example has "Love is life and sometimes tragic. Good 
or bad it's always magic" calligraphed on the front and a drawing 
of a wizard inside. 4 assorted cards for $3. 

•dpqpprodbooqpdb #6 is the latest catalog of productions from 
the semi-ubiquitous Geof Huth. You can get your copy for an SASE 
from 317 Princetown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306. Also available 
from Geof (for an SASE) is the PRAECISIO PRESS PROJECT 
PROFILE #2, the current history of this not-press which is at the 
forefront of not-publishing. 

•Dreadful Pleasures (do Mike Accomando, 650 Prospect 
Ave., Fairview, NJ 07022) is a mail order source for exploitation 
movie promo posters, in the $5 to $20 range...things like Friday 
Foster and Daughters of Dracula are prominent. Catalog should 
just cost you a stamp or two. 

•Earth's Brave New Catalog ($1 from 4738 Victor St., Dallas, 
TX 75246) is a new source for bizarre mail-order items. Tesla 
Coils, skeleton keychains, breakaway prop bottles and lobster 
claw harmonicas are among the items in this first intriguing 
catalog from them. 

•EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS 
(Contact Unipub, 4611-F Assembly Dr., Lanham, MD 20706) is 
a directory of publications and resources for all types of 
information on the EC. Everything from business to agriculture, 
environment to transportation. Quite exhaustive. 

•The Evils of Paper Money is the current catalog of material 
available from Doc Adams (PO Box 3125, Denver, CO 80201). 
He's published a large amount of stuff on government fraud 
and monetary manipulation. Send 0 2°° or so and you should 
get a nice selection back. 

•Friend's Rubber Stamp Catalog is two bucks from Kevin 
Friend, 1003 S. Oak, Lebanon, IN 46052. He's got a lot of nifty 
designs, many with a nineteenth-century or 1950's feel, as well 
as grabbags. 

•Rev. R.T. Harris Jr. (PO Box 2666, Springfield, MO 
65801-2666) is trying to put together a zine of "fears, what they 
do to us and where they come from". Contributions are invited. 

•The Hospitality Exchange (4215 Army St., San Francisco, 
CA 94131) is a group of us who allow other members of the 
group to stay in our own homes when they are traveling. 
Membership includes a directory of everyone in the exchange 
(updated three times a year), and costs $15, checks or money 
orders payable to Joy-Lily. 

•Greg Hurd's latest multi-colored limited edition silkscreen 
print is of Madonna, pouting down at the camera with a hot 
pink background. You can get a copy for $20 ($10 less than it 
costs through the Madonna fan club) from Greg at 300 W. 
Bosley, Alpena, MI 49707. 


Underground Books & Tapes 

Secrets of Masonic Mind Control: Alchemical Psychodrama 
and Processing of Humanity. By Michael A. Hoffman II. 
From serial murders and the Kennedy assassination to the farth¬ 
est reaches of occult psychosis. “. . . the most challenging 
expose of masonic magic ever written.”—A-Albionic Re¬ 
search. 50 pages. Illustrated. $5.00 

They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold His¬ 
tory of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America. By 

Michael A. Hoffman II, 49 pages. Illustrated. $5.00 

The Great Holocaust Trial. By Michael A. Hoffman II. 96 
pages, profusely illustrated. Story of the 1985 show trial of 
publisher Ernst Zundel for the “crime” of publishing a book 
questioning the “Holocaust.” Book: $5.95. One hour color 
VHS TV documentary on the trial: $19.95 

Shipping: Add $2 for the first book or tape. 50 cents for each 
additional item. Foreign add extra 15%, U.S. Funds. 

Send $1.00 for our complete catalog (free with any order). 

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•Insoc Infonet (PO Box 687, Excelsior, MN 55331) writes "we 
are now looking for cyberpunks, techies, infoids and hackers of all 
sizes." 

•The Intergalactic House of Fruitcakes (PO Box 235, Williams- 
town, MA 01267-0235) keep us posted on all the essentials of Otis 
Worship, as well as the faith of the month and other odd things. 
They put out lots of untitled broadsides, maybe a zine, maybe not, 
but for a buck or two you'll get something. (S-4/MG) 

•A broadside on jury nullification is available for free to anyone 
who requests it from John Winegard, PO Box 960, Hollister, MO 
65673. 

•KTI (PO Box 14603, Madison, WI 53714) is a source for libertarian 
propaganda of various sorts. For example, they will sell you drink 
coasters with Robert Heinlein's "One should always be wary of 
strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors...and miss." 
at $8 for 100. 

•You can get a copy of the Kurluk Candle Shop Herbs Catalog 
for an SASE from PO Box 6186, Baltimore, MD 21231. The packets 
are half an ounce each, at prices from 75tf for basil to $2.80 for 
sarsaparilla. My nose says the samples he sent us are fresh. 

•Joe La perl e (17A Burch Rd., Bass River, MA 02664) will send 
you a letter-begging kit for the asking—SASE helps, but not required. 
Now whether it will be a kit suitable for letters to anyone other 
than Joe I don't know. 

•Rodney Leighton (RR #3, Pugwash, NS, B0K 1L0, CANADA) 
is back in the publishing game, I think. Trouble is, he's sent a 
confusing welter of announcements, and I'm not sure just what 
projects are proceeding. But if you want to read reviews of small 
press material, with an emphasis on wrestling and audio, you should 
definitely get in touch with him. 

•The Letter for Busy Folks and The Letter for Busy Homy Folks 
are a pair of fill-in-the-blank all-purpose substitutes for the bother 
of actually thinking about your correspondence. You can get either 
one for 50tf & SASE from Dan Adams, PO Box 376, Cameron, WI 
54822. 

•Brendan Love (358 Vawter Hall/VPI, Blacksburg, VA 24060) will 
send an assortment of stickers for sleazy biker, horror, and JD 
movies to anyone who sends a letter and $1 or a trade. 

•Mother Hart's (PO Box 4229, Boynton Beach, FL 33424-4229) 
sells a variety of 100% cotton items, from sheets to cotton tops to 
all-cotton comforters. They also carry some other natural products. 
Write for a catalog. 

•The Mutual Aid Netowrk (do E. Sanders, 295 Forest Ave. #248, 
Portland, ME 04101-2000) wants to form a "continental web of support 
in these times of increasing insanity, an exchange of addresses and/or 
phone numbers for aid in case of crisis and unity for increased 
resistance. They are explicitly radical and revolutionary. 

•Obscure Research Labs (PO Box 15266, Santa Rosa, CA 95402) 
will send you an informative pamphlet on their weirdological 
activities for only 1 stamp. Or for a buck, you can get their "I Seem 
'Em Too!" bumpersticker, for those who wish to profess a public 
belief in UFOs. 

•T.Paine (PO Box 343, Tiverton, RI 02878) sends out occasional 
packages of writing. The latest I got includes some poetry, rules for 
chess that can't be appreciated by computers, and an invitation to 
join the poets revolution. Send an SASE and see what happens. 

•Papa Jim (PO Box 14128, San Antonio, TX 78214) sends out 
their huge catalog of voodoo, herbal, incense and other supplies for 
FREE, contrary to what we have previously reported. It's quite a 
bargain, thousands of items, hundreds of pages. 

•PEACE THROUGH IMPEACHMENT bumper stickers are 
available from Bitter Realities, 555 Bryant St. #333, Palo Alto, CA 
94306. I don't have a price—wonder if they're on sale now? 

•PLA/NET is "The Green Ham Radio Network". For more 
information contact K3SRO, Robert N, Wilderman, 19 Glen Rd., 
Lansdale, PA 19446-1405 or Remy Chevalier, 25 Newtown Tpke., 
Weston, CT 06883. 

•PRIVACY JOURNAL (PO Box 28577, Providence, RI 02908), 
"An independent monthly on privacy in a computer age", is offering 
subscriptions to FF readers at the special rat of $35 per year (the 
regular price is $98 per year). 

•Psychedelic Solutions (33 W. 8th St. 2nd FL, New York, NY 
10011) sells psychedelic posters, both original and reprint. Their 
catalog has plenty of color pages—I guess around $4. 


•THE RADICAL FEMINIST (PO Box 28253, Kenneth City Sta., 
St. Petersburg, FL 33709) is out with a cumulative index, covering 
their work from 1984 to 1989. $2.50 should land you a copy. 

•REAL GOODS (966 Mazzoni St., Ukiah, CA 95482) is out with 
their newest catalog of solar products, water-saving stuff, environ¬ 
mental games, recycled paper, and other alternative products. For 
$14 you can get their mammoth sourcebook, which is a good place 
to start. 

•Redwing Blackbird (PO Box 2042, Decatur, GA 30031) is trying 
to clear out some back inventory from their mail-order list of anarchist 
and other strange literature—and so some items are free with orders 
over $5. Send $1 for their current catalog. 

•See Hear (59 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10003) seems to pump 
out another catalog of music zines and other cool stuff every time 
I turn around. You can get their latest, and have mail-order access 
to a lot of neat zines, for $1. 

•The Third Hand has another catalog f obscure and useful bicycle 
tools out. You can get a copy probably for the asking from PO Box 
212, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067. 

•"Toxilla" posters are available from Charlie Cray (2837 N. 
Whipple, Chicago, IL 60647) for $10, including shipping' rolled in a 
tube. They're on heavy card stock and feature this great monster 
rising from a pool of sludge outside a chemical plant, and mad as 
heck about his surroundings. 

•WORKING GIRL is going to be a feminist support forum for 
workers in the sex industry. They're looking for contacts from women 
in the industry right now; you can write Katy at 1929 Fairview #C, 
Berkeley, CA 94703. 

★ ★★★★ 

NOTED BUT NOT SEEN 

•KISS THE UGLY WITCH ($5 from PO Box 478, Brisbane, CA 
.94005) is "an Unusual Metaphysical Newsletter" scheduled to debut 
May 1st. 

•TANTRA ($27/6 issues from PO Box 79, Torreon, NM 87061) 
is a new journal devoted to all aspects of tantric practice. 


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Aeditorial 


FACTSHEET FIVE #42 



Two notes for publishers: 

1. Many of you are still listing the wrong price for FACTSHEET 
FIVE. We appreciate the business, but we also appreciate not losing 
money. If you're reviewing us, please be sure to list the price as 
$3.75 bulk rate or $5 first class for a sample. Thanks. 

2. If this is your first copy of FF, and you can't find your own 
publication reviewed within even though the label says "R", that's 
probably because your review will be in the next issue. We try 
not to make people wait too long for their first copy, even if they 
don't have material reviewed in it. 


First off, thanks to all who sent such warm congratulations on 
my getting married—it was very touching to hear from people I've 
never met but for in print, and you are all very thoughtful. However, 
it should be noted that as much as Mike and I are committed to 
each other through a business partnership, it was not Mike that I 
married, as a few of you thought. Anyway, it feels great, as a 
matter of fact it feels the same as before, which is what we were 
intending all along. 

On to business: Now that the work around here is getting more 
organized, we hope to have time in the near future to work on 
some other projects. One of them that's in the works has to do 
with a personal hobby I seem to have acquired and want to expand 
on. Bands take note: I am actively searching for very unusual cover 
material by different bands; anyone who's heard "The Last 
Temptation of Elvis," or the recent Green Acres theme song sung 
to the tune of "Purple Haze" knows exactly what I mean (does 
anyone know who does that?). You know, "MacArthur Park," "You 
Light Up My Life," that sort of idea. Anyway, it's still in the 
formative stages, but I'd like to start hearing from people who are 
either interested in recording some weird and wonderful cover 
material or know someone who already does. This could wind up 
as an eventual FF compilation somwhere down the road. 

Another thing we are looking for is more column heading art. 
We like to rotate the column headings with each issue and find that 
we don't have enough to rotate with. Anyone interested in whipping 
up a couple of column headings (i.e. Poetry, Zines, Electronic 
Frontier, Books, etc.), by all means send them in. We consider 
everything. 

Take care. Happy Spring. 

Cari Goldberg Janice 

I seem to be spending an increasing amount of time out on the 
electronic frontier lately. That's the easiest way to think of the huge 
network of computer bulletin boards, electronic publications, relayed 
mail and other text telecommunications which criss-crosses the world. 
A couple effects of this should be obvious in this issue. First, we're 
finally offering FF on diskette (for IBM compatible computers only, 
at the moment—if there are any Mac C programmers interested in 
porting the program over, please give us a call). See the ordering 
information in die front of the zine for more information on that. 
Second, with the addition of Angela Gunn to our staff we're finally 
reviewing BBS systems. Finally, you can find her reviews and the 


software reviews in the new Electronic Frontier 
section—please let us know what you think of this. 
And before anyone can get the idea, don't worry, 
we have no intention of abandoning paper publica¬ 
tions! We're just adding more in-depth coverage of 
the new wave of electronic material. 

And if you'd like to join us out on the frontier, 
I suggest trying the WELL, the computer system 
associated with WHOLE EARTH REVIEW. From 
most parts of the country it will cost you $6.50 an 
hour, but for that you get fabulous conversations 
with hundreds of leading-edge thinkers, including 
some big names you might be surprised by. There 
are areas for Deadheads and fanzine people and 
designers and programmers and writers and oh, just 
about everyone else. To sign up, set your modem 
to 1200-N-8-1 and call 415-332-6106. Type "newuser" 
at the first prompt and be sure to tell them that 
ffmike sent you. 

Several publishers have reported getting copies of 
a pamphlet called SAINT PAUL'S GAY HERITAGE? 
in the mail unsolicited. I fear this is one of the potential side-effects 
of being listed in FACTSHEET FIVE; we can hardly control who 
our readers are or what they do with this resource. If you don't 
want to take any chances on getting mail, best not to be listed here. 

We finally have the j-cards printed for the first FACTSHEET FIVE 
compilation tape, so copies will be going to contributors and 
supporting subscribers at the same time as this mailing. Thanks for 
your patience, and see the announcement back in the music section 
of the forthcoming second comp tape. I think we've got the bugs 
out of the process now. 

Thanks for all the survey cards; we'll be publishing the results 
in the next issue. 

And now for the update on our review backlog: with this issue 
we have finally gotten the music reviews back under control (by 
which I mean there is only enough sitting here to choke a horse, 
rather than a full herd), and should be able to continue responding 
promptly to music sent—that is, almost everything is getting 
reviewed within a month of its arrival. Shareware is also current 
for a change (except for Macintosh, but that's coming). Next we'll 
tackle the too-large pile of books and videos we have waiting here. 
With luck, we will have more good news on this front in the next 
issue. 

Mike Gunderloy 

This issue dedicated to the late Tom Shearer. 



MEWLY WEEK 















































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ADULT 
VIDEO NEWS 
Feb.-April 1991 
($39.95/12 issues 
from 8600 West 
Chester Pike #300, 
Upper Darby, PA 
19082): Primarily, 
this is a glossy 
trade magazine 
devoted to re¬ 
viewing and pre¬ 
viewing adult vid¬ 
eos for distribu¬ 
tors and retailers 
of the adult video 
product. The ads 
for upcoming vid¬ 
eos are imagina¬ 
tive and wonder¬ 
ful and always 
provide some gig¬ 
gles from the two 
of us at the FF 
headquarters 
(March features 
"Edward Penishands" with an absolute dead ringer for 
Johnny Depp in the starring role). But there's a lot more in 
here, if people would only read the articles. Editor Gene 
Ross is a stalwart anti-censorship hero doggedly fighting the 
good fight against the small-minded, the sexually stupid, 
and the phonies (which run rampant through the industry 
and the country), and it seems like no one is listening. Well 
I am. He and his staff follow the government like shadows, 
tracking the ridiculous assertations of "obscenity" and 
"perversion." Each issue relates and reviews the accumulating 
videos that some retail video outlets refuse to carry, more 
on First Amendment rights and the pressures that those in 
the industry face. I have a feeling that the profession of 
adult video magazine editor is more of an impediment in 
his fight for First Amendment rights for the time being, but 
not in the long run. An excellent publication . (S-86t/CG) 
THE ANIMALS' AGENDA Apr. 1991 ($22/yr from PO 
Box 6809, Syracuse, NY 13217): This is the best overview 
there is of the animal rights movement, a large slick magazine 
that covers all the various issues and groups. This issue 
stands out in particular for devoting a big chunk to varying 
views on one of the major problems, the raising of animals 
for food. They also publish lots of shorter news and reviews. 
Among the likely to be controversial items here is a report 
on what the various animal charities do with their money, 
based on IRS filings. If you have any interest in animal 
rights, this is an essential networking and news tool. 

(S-60t/MG) _ 

CONCERTINA & SQUEEZEBOX #24 ($5.50 from PO Box 
6706, Ithaca, NY 14851): That this zine exists at all, after a 
disastrous fire wiped out the entire archives, the editor's 
apartment, computer, and instrument collection, is in itself 
a triumph. That it looks so darned good is reason enough 
for putting it here. As the title says, this is a specialized 
music journal for lovers and players of free-reed instruments. 
They've got articles and reviews of particular bits of hardware 
(with lovely names like Castagnari Accordions), a report on 
their 1990 "Squeeze-In" meeting of folks with similar 
interests, and interviews (Dave Townsend in this issue). 
Random news notes and classified ads help contribute to a 


community feeling here. Special nod to Ellen Black for her 
painstaking and lovely design work. (HL-52t /MG) 

GAUNTLET #2 ($8.95 from 309 Powell Rd. Dept R91, 
Springfield, PA 19064): Calling this annual publication a zine 
is really stretching things a bit; it's half the size of my phone 
book. It deals with censorship, and considering the past 
year, it's no wonder that it's this thick. Highlights include 
a series of interviews with people involved in the 2 Live 
Crew controversy; a Stephen King section (including King's 
own essay on MPAA ratings); some of the "Killer Fiction" 
from Sondra London's Media Queen publishing house; and 
a rundown of the top ten censors of 1990 (no surprise that 
Don Wildmon heads the list). In addition to essays, they 
publish a lot of controversial work, including a rape comic 
that occasioned much fuss when it was originally put out 
in HOT BOX and stories from Karl Wagner, Graham 
Masterton, William Relling and others. An awesome achieve¬ 
ment. [late-breaking news: once again GAUNTLET itself has 
been censored. This time, the Florida Department of 
Corrections has refused to let one of its inmates, who also 
happens to be an author of part of the book, receive his 

own contributor' s copy.](D-402t/MG) _ 

□MILK & CHEESE #1 ($3.25 from Slave Labor Graphics, 
983 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128): A great collection 
of Evan Dorkin comics about these "Dairy Products gone 
BAD...Society is to Blame!" The little milk carton and chunk 
of cheese run amok here, beating up the postman, destroying 
a bowling alley, disrupting a court, ruining a mall and 
ultimately burning down an entire city. Every once in a 
while they throw in a bad pun. What kidTs there whp hasn't 
dreamed of gro wing up to be just like these two? (S-24/MG) 
MURDER CAN BE FUN #13 ($1.25 from"John Marr, PO 
Box 640111, San Francisco, CA 94109): Without a doubt, this 
man loves to dig up obscure and not-often-related true tales 
of murder, tragedy, and horrible things that happen to 
people. And he's good at it (he probably sleeps at night 
better than most of us, too). This issue is an outstanding 
effort, featuring "Death At Disneyland," detailing many of 
the tragic and fatal accidents that have occured there through 
the years. Some of them are truly frightening, such as the 
poor employee who was crushed in a way similar to those 
cartoon characters you see flattened by a steamroller. But! 
There's more misfortune inside than you can shake a stick 
at: the strange and sordid deaths that happen at UC Berkeley 
more often than snow days, the historical account of one 
Sylvestre Matuschka, a man who derived sexual fulfillment 
out of arranging and executing train wrecks and collisions, 
"The Ultimate Plane Crash"—a little known event that 
happened in Munich in 1960 (which seemed like a precursor 
to the tragic PanAm flight of a couple of years back). And 
then to lighten the mood a little bit, Marr fills us in on an 
eccentric mystery author of the 20s and 30s, Harry Stephen 
Keeler (whose characters often 
refer to their creator). The ingredi¬ 
ent that allows Marr to stand out 
among his peers is his pure 
and..er..almost unaffected dedica¬ 
tion to the subject matter. He 
works hard at what he does and 
it shows. (D-31r/CG) 






























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Zines 


FACTSHEET FIVE #42 


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THE 11TH ST. RUSE Vol. 4 #3 ($l-$2/4 issues from Ellen Carter, 
322 E. 11th St. #23, New York, NY 10003): An idiosyncratic litmag 
with a strange sense of humor. This issue has an interview with 
Saddam Hussein (in which he reveals he attacked Kuwait because 
he was tired of tough wars), a story using the names of acupressure 
points, and an "in and out" list for the new year . (S-4/MG) 

252-NEWS #9 (Contact Henning Zeus Zipf, Bessunger Str. 33, 
W-6103 Griesheim, GERMANY): A German-language zine of role- 
playing games and affiliated subjects. I see everything from classic 
fantasy to science fiction to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here. They 
publish reviews, stories on new games, contact addresses and even 

some comics. (A4-36t/MG)_ 

2600 Vol.7 #4 ($18/yr from Subscription Dept., POBox 752, Middle 
Island, NY 11953-0752): Long running and successful hacker's 
quarterly that takes a deep look into high technology, phones, 
computers and other areas of communication. This issue delves into 
a political hacking scandal, "Central Office Operations" codes and 
gives out advice. Also lots of reader response. (D -46t/CG) 

THE 2600 CONNECTION #4 ($5/4 issues from Timothy Duarte, 
14 Blackburn St., Fairhaven, MA 02719-4334): A zine for those who 
still own and use the Atari 2600 video game system. They discuss 
the solutions to classic cartridges, and track down some prototypes 
and rarities. Also an active classified ad section is building up. 

(S-6/MG) __ 

2AM #17 ($5.95 from PO Bo 6754, Rockford, IL 61125-1754): A 
magazine of fine shuddery horror fiction. They're not afraid to get 
into sexual nastiness, with some real nightmare material here from 
T.C. Guy and John Coyne, to name a few. They also feature some 
market news and short reviews, as well as luscious art keyed to 
the stories. One of the classier entries from the small press. 

(S-662/MG) , _ 

3AM #1 ($1.50 from Joseph Johnson, 608 W. First St., Oil City, 
PA 16301): A zine that combines a love for old movies with a love 
for classic underground garage music. The first half is reviews of 
strange flicks, light porno, people hunting people, Boris Karloff flicks, 
and so on. The second is music, from Rolling Stones outtakes to 
1313 Mockingbird Lane. A packed to the margins look at this weird 
B-culture that fascinates so many of us. (S-26r/MG) 


3dipswhoaregoD Vol.2 (The Usual (?) plusAge Statement from 
Catfish, 915 W. Wisconsin Ave., Rm. 412, Milwaukee, WI 53233): 
Weird and wacky collage from a droll group of pseudo-cultists. There 
are some theological questions and answers about the group and 
some of their "special powers/tidbits," but it's mostly made up of 
some of the bizarre-ist collage data I've seen, almost as if they stole 

some stuff from t he SubG's. (S-3/CG) _ 

□8 BITS AND CHANGE! Vol.l #4 ($15/yr from [make check 
payable to] Small Computer Support, 24 East Cedar St., Newington, 
CT 06111): A computer-humor newsletter whose "editor/publisher's 
primary objective is to provide a place for die-hard CP/M 12-System 
enthusiasts to learn, show off, laugh and sell!" Serious computer 
people will thrive on these contents—there are computer drawing 
programs, games, RLE Graphics, a study of "computer people" and 

lots of humor alon g these lines. (S-20/CG) _ 

90% PENGUINS #6 ($1 from 5036 Coronado Pkwy. #302, Golden 
Gate, FL 33999): A collection of miscellaneous creativity and little 
penguins (some arranged into a bigger peace sign). There are quotes, 
short stories that just sort of amble through, movie crit, absurd 
news clippings, an d other flotsam here. (S-16/MG) 

ABRAHAM #6-9 ($15 for 12 issues from Malcolm Reid and 
Daniel Germain, 510, rue St. Gabriel, Quebec G1R 1W3 CANADA): 
This "journal of the global village" examine local issues from an 
international perspective and the international from their local 
outlooks. Through essays, interviews, letters, and occasional poems, 
these writers and artists are trying to examine our world in simple 
but profound ways. The November 1990 issue on utopian and 
albertine cities was the most thought-provoking of these issues, but 
the editors are constantly tackling any new and quirky subject that 
can be written about in French. (Q-8/Reviewed by Geof Huth) 
ABRASAX #11 ($20/4 issues from James M. Martin, PO Box 1219, 
Corpus Christi, TX 78403-1219): A tome of_magick in the modern 
^world that ranges over a broad selection of subjects. This one has 
a channeled Thelemic work (which even the channel admits doubts 
about) with commentary, a long article on filmmaker Kenneth Anger 
and his occult connections, and more. Humor and gossip are rife 
as always, making the zine entertaining as well as educational. 

(S-52/MG) _ 

THE ACE March 1991 ($18/membership from POBox 11201, 
Shawnee Mission, KS 66207-0201): Clandestine, pirate, short wave 
and other assorted radio enthusiasts gather together to track new 
and interesting stations, report on the goings-on with the FCC (and 
list recently deposed stations), chat with each other about their 
hobby and/or livelihood. They also talk about short wave radio in 
other countries (like whether or not Radio Marti is clandestine) and 

list a calendar of events. (D-35r/CG) __ 

ACE-HI INFO Feb. 1991 ($10/yr from PO Box 23076, Honolulu, 
HI 96822): The zine of the Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Hawaii, 
a well-organized looking users group. They cover all the Atari 
computers from the 400 on up to the Portfolio. A mix of product 
reviews, notes on shareware now available, C programming and 

lots more here. (S -16t/MG) _ 

ACE OF RODS #36 ($25/8 issues CASH from Acca and Adda, 
BCM Akademia, London, WC1N 3XX, UK): A contact zine for pagans, 
primarily in the British Isles but with a few people overseas. They 
run contact and personal ads free for subscribers, and provide a 
confidential forwarding service. They also carry some advertising 
and short writing of interest to pagans. (D-20r/MG ) 

ACK AKA DAK DAK AKA ACK #2 (SASE from W.A. 
Thompson, 204 Sunrise Ave., Smithfield, NC 27577): A single-sheet 
mixed bag. This issue has the conclusion of a Dead Milkmen 
interview, a chili recipe, and a list of "10 Cool Things To Do", most 
of which are likely to cause trouble in the average suburban 

neighborhood. (S-l /MG) __ 

ACROSTICS NETWORK #5 ($10/4 issues from 1030-A Delaware 
St., Berkeley, CA 94710): If you've ever been into crossword puzzles, 
you know the joy of doing acrostics. These people will help you 
get into the joy of constructing them as well. Mostly it's wall-to-wall 
puzzles, some pre tty easy, some fiendishly difficul t. (S-14t/MG) 
ACTIONS OF REBIRTH #3 ($2.00 from Bill/A.O.R., Apos- 
taopoulou 56, Halandri 15231, Athens, GREECE): "Mental Mayhem!!" 
This zine out of Greece details many parts of our culture you won't 
find in too many places: a history and inception of Cyperpunk, 
Discordianism, an interview with PunkParents and Kismet H.C., 

































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Zines 


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horror filmmaker Lucio Fulci and lots of music and horror film 
reviews. But be warned: read this in very good light—the print is 
faint and very ver y small and cramped (A4-19r/CG ) 

AFTER HOURS #10 ($4.00 Single issue from POBox 538, Sunset 
Beach, CA 90742-0538): Respectable, solid dark fantasy/horror litmag. 
This is their special "Nighthawks at the Diner" issue (with hats off 
to Edward Hopper), and some of them are spooky enough to keep 
some diner diehards away for awhile. The set location for those 
stories are diners and coffee shops with name-plated waitresses and 
lots of coffee. The stories branch out at that point. Also included 
is an interview with Wayne Alloen Sallee, some book reviews and 

reader response. ( S-48t/CG) _ 

ALASKA METAPHYSICAL COUNCIL NEWSLETTER Mar. 1991 
($12/12 issues from PO Box 9-3006, Anchorage, AK 99509-3006): 
Everything you need to stay in touch with the New Age and 
alternative community in the Anchorage area. Besides lots of contacts, 
they publish essays on Big Topics (like "Divine understanding" in 
this issue) and some news as well. March talks about the First Earth 
Battalion plan for changing the face of the Army. (S-12t/MG) 

ALGORITHM 2.2 ($29.95/6 issues from PO Box 29237, Westmount 
Postal Outlet, 785 Wonderland Rd., London, ONT, N6K 1M6, 
CANADA): A journal for the recreational home computer user who's 
interested in learning something while making pretty pictures. This 
issue features computerized wallpaper, has some digital snowflakes, 
a robot, chaotic music, and lots more. They also review software, 
though I wish they would check out and support some shareware. 

(S-28t/MG) _ 

ALMAGEST #5-6 ($1 from Rick Harrison, PO Box 547014, 
Orlando, FL 32854-7014): This is Rick's personalzine, although #5 is 
devoted to commentary on Desert Storm—more specifically com¬ 
mentary on the liberal and media reactions to the war. Despite being 
an anarchist. Rich doesn't think much of the lefties, and a lot_ of 
people will not agree with the opinions here. #6 is more quiet and 
contemplative, a tour of Rick's garden on the occasion of his 30th 

birthday. (S-2r/MG)_ 

ALPIC NEWSLETTER Mar.-Apr. 1991 ($10/yr from Ron Moody, 
1111 W. Whiteside, Springfield, MO 65807): The newsletter of the 
American Local Political Items Collectors, folks who go after rather 
obscure campaign paraphernalia. The March issue leads off with 
some items from G. Gordon Liddy's attempt to run for Congress, 
and has a section of recent auction results. Ann Richards inauguration 
paraphernalia take their place in the April issue. ( S-8/MG) 

ALTERED STATE Vol. 7 #2 ($1 & 2 stamps from Tara Orzolek, 
106 E. Clearview Ave., State College, PA 16803): An underground 
litmag from the State College Area High School with an open 
submissions policy—they print any creative work that their students 
care to submit. This includes drawings, poetry, essays on entertaining 
yourself, collage and more. The current editors are graduating this 
year; I hope they find the next generation to take over. (S-20/MG) 
THE ALTERNATIVE NEWSLETTER March 1991($2 (?) from James 
B. Boskey, Seton Hall Law School, 1111 Raymond Blvd., Newark, 
NJ 07102): Informative journal of news of Alternate Dispute 
Resolution, or ADR as it's called. For lawyers and law teachers alike, 
much information is passed along about the progress and usage of 
mediation in the states and abroad. Meetings and and reports are 
listed, along with a national calendar of events, a book review 
section dealing with similar topics, and resources in other media are 

presented. (S-30/CG)_ 

ALTERNATIVES Vol. 17 #4 ($25/4 issues from Faculty of 
Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ONT, N2L 
9Z9, CANADA): A wide-ranging academic journal of "society, 
technology and environment". In addition to the usual plethora of 
news briefs, this one takes a look at literature as a way of 
re-establishing connections with the earth, investigates the contro¬ 
versial Loblaw's line of "green" products, and publicizes a successful 

non-profit recyclin g center. (S-56t/MG) _ 

THE AMERICAN GAY & LESBIAN ATHEIST Vol. 9 #3 ($24/yr 
from PO Box 66711, Houston, TX 77266-6711): Closely tied the 
American Atheists, this one is definitely more interested in fighting 
God than in fighting homophobia. Mostly it is short news designed 
to make the believers and thei r gods look stupid. (S-12t/MG) 

AMERICAN INDIAN DEFENSE NEWS Vol. 4 #3 ($1 from PO 
Box 3121, Hutchinson, KS 67501): The American Indian content here 
is the front and back covers, which reprint clippings from the 


mainstream media. Otherwise, this is standard "big mail" fodder, 
replete with printing and mailing offers, multi-level marketing, and 

other get rich quic k schemes. (S-10/MG) _ 

AMERICAN RATIONALIST Mar./Apr. 1991 ($1 from 2001 St. 
Clair Ave., St. Louis, MO 63144): A venerable and stable journal of 
freethought and rationalism. In addition to the usual book reviews 
and quotes from famous freethinkers, this one looks at the "Remnants 
of Early Religions in Christianity" and excavates some of the thought 

of Ingersoll and G ladstone. (S-16t/MG) _ 

AMERICAN WINDOW CLEANER #27 ($4 from 27 Oak Creek 
Rd., El Sobrante, CA 94803): This news magazine for professional 
window cleaners is still growing and adding more color and features. 
This issue is filled with reports from the annual IWCA convention, 
including the seminars, the trade show and the winners of the 
window-cleaning speed contest. They feature new products and 
advice on everything from cleaning up scratches to going over the 

sides of tall buildi ngs. (S-48t/MG) _ 

AMP #10 (50* (?) from 5525 Claremont #2, Oakland, CA 94616): 
Plenty going on in this mutably-titled zine. This time around that 
stands for All Movements Postponed, or perhaps Art Media Politics. 
Anyhow, they print a short story about a mindless weight loss 
program, some talk radio excerpts^ and bits of poetry. My favorite 
part of the zine is still the back page of stupid quotes from famous 

people. (L-2/MG) _ 

ANARCHY #28 ($2.50 from C.A.L., PO Box 1446, Columbia, MO 
65205-1446): Of all the anarchist periodicals around, ANARCHY 
seems to have the best selection of contacts in other countries—there 
is much from eastern Europe in this issue. They also review the 
small press (anarchist and otherwise) and print plenty of news and 
letters from the movement. This issue has a continued Vaneigem 
reprint and a reproduction of Jim Koehnline's excellent "Legend pf 
the Great Dismal Maroons". (T-36t/MG) 

ANDY WATSON'S IRREGULAR INDISCRETION #2 ($12/5 
issues plus Age Statement from [make check payable to] WCS Books, 
PO Box 4674, Englewood, CO 80155): Effrontery and audacity 
permeate this limited issue zine of sex, lies and the female/male 
conundrum. Not only that, but they also confuses each other 
sometimes. While thinner than the last issue, it nevertheless takes 
on subject matter that most regular zines don't, such as body piercing 
("How To Do It"), the grossest and funniest things that ever 
happened when someone urinated/vomited/retold the story, and 
questions of a sexual nature that maybe even Dr. Ruth couldn't 

handle. (S-18/CG) _ 

ANICHTI POLI #25 ($4 from AG Archive, PO Box 20037, 
GR-11810 Athens, GREECE): A funloving underground paper, all in 
Greek, with multi-colored printing and a lot of familiar names. 
They've got zine reviews, Kerry Thornley, a page of Starhawk, homo 
ludens, and much more. The layout and graphics are always 

high-spirited. (A4- 48/MG) _ 

□ANNALS OF THE ENQUIRING Vol. 2 #2 (£7.50/6 issues from 
Gerry Lovell, 8 St. John St., Wells,. Somerset, BA5 1SW, ENGLAND): 
The only flaw to this Fortean journal is a truly abysmal use of 
dot-matrix typefaces in a DTP setting; it various between tedious 
and nearly impossible to read. That's too bad, because the subjects 
are amusing, fascinating, and sometimes very different for the field 
(such as their dismissal of crop circles). The history of Easter Island, 
a modern vampire, radio signals from Mars, and mysterious 
atmospheric booms are among the other topics. (D -24/MG) 

ANTI CLOCK-WISE #14 (40p. from PO Box 175, L69 8DX, 
Liverpool, UK): Ah, it's a great time to be a Situationist, or 
post-Situationist; the cover of this issue is "The Ultimate TV 
Spectacle", of course referring to the war. There's also a section on 
time and one on glamour, plus the usual obscure graphics and 

ranting. (A4-12/MG)_ 

□ANTISHYSTER Vol.l #2 ($25/12 issues from 9794 Forest Lane, 
Box 159, Dallas, TX 75243): As the title suggests, this new monthly 
is here to combat the sometimes unjudicious behavior of those who 
practice the law. Much on the Texas State Bar and its caste system, 
plus how profit is so often gained when justice is denied. An 
ambitious start int o the muddy world of law perio dicals. (T-8t/CG) 
□ANYTHING THAT MOVES #1 ($25/4 issues from BABN, 2404 
California St. #24, San Francisco, CA 94115): The zine of the new 
Bay Area Bisexual Network...this seems to be an idea whose time 
has come, since bisexual zines and books are coming to the fore. 






























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They've got interviews and short fiction and try to clear up some 
myths and generally make a safe space for bisexuals to be, at least 
while they're reading. A lot in here, and quite fascinating. (S-66t/MG) 
APAEROS #33 ($2 & Age Statement from John and Kathe Burt, 
960 SW Jefferson Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333): A reader-written 
publication all about sex, relationships, and associated topics. There 
are hot letters, comics, serious discussions of sexuality, fiction, and 
other goodies here. A free-for-all forum that doesn't shy away from 
topics like bondage or pedophilia. (D-32r/MG) 

APA JUICE #13~(Contact Judy Wall Crump, PO Box 620, Saltillo, 
MS 38866): An apa that seems centered in the SF world, to the 
point of a survey of the favorite science fiction and fantasy books 
of the writers here. Other topics discovered in browsing include 
book reviews, ST:TNG, local crime, the war, the draft, gasoline 
prices—just about anything you can fill lives with. Some original 

fiction writing gets run here too. (S-139/MG) _ 

APA-TAROT #63 (Contact Sheila Wilding, 17645 Via Sereno, 
Monte Sereno, CA 95030): I would have never predicted the great 
success of this apa when it started, but now it is one of the most 
vibrant and active ones around. Focused on Tarot cards, their 
variations, connections and use, it's got a lot of topflight writers, a 
sense of community, good production (Sheila even puts in a few 
color illustrations) and vigor surpassed by none. ( S-120/MG) 

APPALACHIAN ECONNECTION Spring 1991 ($1 from Appala¬ 
chian Earth First!, PO Box 309, Nellysford, VA 22958): A reasonably 
radical environmental newsletter for people in the Appalachian 
bioregion. They propose an alternative management plan for part 
of the area, update people on recent actions, and maintain a calendar 

of interesting even ts. (S-10/MG) _ 

□AQUAMARINE-24 #1 ($3 from Shannon Frach, 112 Wedgewood 
#2, Morgantown, WV 26505): A sort of literary personal journal, 
containing whatever Shannon wants to bring to our attention. This, 
includes complaints about declining literacy, strange sexist compli¬ 
ments, playful structural poetry, a small dose of self-pity and plenty 

more. Like readin g a flashy diary. (S-22/MG) _ 

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Morton St., Philadelphia, PA 19144): A peacework newsletter from 
folks trying to live in harmony with the world. This issue talks 
about their plans for a co-housing peace community, discuss the 
Gulf war, and offe r related products for sale. (S-6 /CG) 

□AR/280 #1-2 ($1 (?) from Box 55193, Valencia, CA 91385): Peculiar 
mini with scattered collage and odd little phrases ("Fraternity turf 
grass grew hedges in the shape of the flag on my face") that have 
no outstanding theme, but it might not have been designed with 
one in mind, so who am I to complain? #2 talks about the Art 
Strike (as in "Strike over the head"—a noun) and wishes to "support 
the artist in celebr ating suffering." (M-24r/CG) 

ART CALENDAR April 1991 ($4.00 Sample copy from POBox 
1040, Great Falls, VA 22066-9040): Extremely helpful journal geared 
to professional artists within the working community. Each issue 
contains articles dealing with diverse aspects of being an artist (this 
month has an interview with William Hennessy, Jr., a courtroom 
artist) plus varying opinions on what is and is not to be considered 
"art" (e.g. multimedia). Also included are resources, art law topics, 
organizations, and the many different grants and fellowships 

available. (S-30t/CGJ_ 

ART-CORE #9 ($1.50 from PO Box 49324, Austin, TX 78765): 
Aggressive sexual litmag not exactly bent on shocking the reader, 
but more or less not being afraid to say what they want. All subjects 
treated fairly and openly: phone sex, urination, tasteless jokes (Helen 
Keller jokes never die)—there's Cammer and Niditch and Lifshin 
and more. Also an interview with Guardez-Lou and some staunch 

support for under ground zines. (S-22r/CG) _ 

ARTISTS WITH CLASS Vol. V #2/3 ($12/yr from 66 Jenkins Rd., 
Burnt Hills, NY 12027): A publication for artists actively involved in 
the community, mainly in education. A chunk of this issue reports 
on a forthcoming conference for artists in education. There is also 
continued discussi on of censorship & pressure. (S- 8t/MG) 

' ARTPAPER Mar.-Apr. 1991 ($20/yr from 2402 University Ave. W 
#206, St. Paul, MN 55114): Art and culture news in the context of 
the Twin Cities scene but expanding from there. The March issue 
has Gareth Branwyn on new SF movements, a centerfold of Hmong 
textiles, and the media and the war. Lots of show reviews and 
listings too. April features Surrealism in the US and modern 

telecommunication s history. (T-28t/MG) _ 

ARTPOLICE Vol. 18 #1 ($1.50 CASH from 5228 43rd Ave. S., 
Minneapolis, MN 55417): Art in the service of ideology, or at least 
with a heavily political component. Shocking stuff (like war drawings 
in this issue) juxtaposed with the ordinary, pictures of down and 
outers next to planes bombing the USA. Always something to ponder 

here. (HL-20/MG) __ 

ARTS ADVOCATE Vol. 5 #1 ($20/yr from Artist's Advocacy 
Committee, Santa Fe Council for the Arts, 1300 Luisa St. #5, Santa 
Fe, NM 87501): This one is reaching out through the wider arts 
network lately while still remaining focused on Santa Fe. There is 
a delightful interview in this issue discussing "Touristism"—art that 
sells—plus thoughts on fees and support, a calendar of events and 

deadlines, reviews and more. (S-32/MG) _ 

ASH #7 ($2 plus Age Statement from David R. Wyder, 121 
Gregory Ave. #B-7, Passaic, NJ 07055): A literary-type quarterly that 
isn't afraid of anything. This is their "Violence" issue, with the 
subtitle "Make War, Make Love, Make Laws," and they mean it. 
Most of the poetry and prose inside is of a sexually violent nature 
which can get pretty rough at times, but it seems to be exploring 
the actions of people, not encouraging them. Would have liked to 
see just a few more women contribute (there are 3 out of about 

30). Bold and fearl ess writing. (S-42/CG) _ 

ASPECTS #16 ($2 CASH from 5507 Regent St., Philadelphia, PA 
19143): A zine of ways of understanding the world—ways which 
are a bit far away from the center. Gematria (the study of the 
numerological value of words) is one of their central themes, along 
with Zen, meditati Qn, and Fulleristic geometry. (S- 18/MG) 

ASYLUM Vol. 6 #3/4 ($10/2 issues from PO Box 6203, Santa 
Maria, CA 93456): A litzine which one might accuse of being 
postmodern—they certainly publish a wide variety of strange and 
experimental works along with more mainstream stories. This "Little 
Black Book" double issue is centered on sex and love, from Stephen 
Dixon's clinical rape fantasy to Richard Kostelanetz's carefully-struc¬ 
tured "More or Less". (D-74t/MG)_ 






























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THE ATROCITY Vol. 15 #3-4 ($10/12 issues from Hank Roll, 
2419 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15221): For #4, THE 
ATROCITY has apparently been combined with the G'RAPH—the 
result being a medley of collage, binary numbers, four-dimensional 
mazes, rhinos telling bad jokes and plenty more. Amusement for 
the seriously dera nged MENS An. (D-32r/MG) 

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT #2 ($1 from Doug Chapel, 2 Shirley 
St. #3, Worcester, MA 01610): A mix of comics, short stories, and 
poetic work, all hovering around the nasty side of life. Doug's clean 
style adapts well to dark stories, and Chris Hagelstein's drug-besotted 

visions fit right in. (D-20/MG) __ 

AURORA MAGAZINE Vol. 2 #3 ($2 from R.S. Haulk, Rt. 2 Box 
943, Forest City, NC 28043): A magazine that is working on 
encouraging people, local people, to write. This issue has some short 
stories; a hopeful but painful page about a young man with cancer, 
and editorial decrying bank loan practices, and more. Very forthright 

writing. (T-16t/MG)_ 

AUTOPSY #12 ($2 from Chris Doolan, 89 Pangeza St., Stafford 
Heights, Brisbane, QLD 4053, AUSTRALIA): Although Chris thinks 
the past year was bland/dull/boring, he nevertheless reviews lots 
and lots of horror movies with the practice of a true horror fan. 
He also reviews some metal and zines, and has a tribute to horror 
star Coralina Cataldi Tassoni. Did you know that The Last House on 
the Left is still ban ned in Australia? (D-20r/CG) 

□AVID #1 (#10 SASE from MicheleReel, 504 W 24th St., Dept 
111., Austin, TX 78705-5297): A new combination personal/investiga¬ 
tive journal of simple living and holistic health. Most of the issue 
discusses the Zendik Farm Cooperative in depth, while the rest looks 
into hydrogen peroxide healing methods and thoughts on the war. 

(S-8/CG) _ 

BABY SPLIT BOWLING NEWS Vol.2 #2.($3.75 Sample copy 
[checks payable to CASH] from BSBNPublishing, POBox 7205, 
Minneapolis, MN 55407): Farcical entertainment that somehow diverts 
your attention from the humdrum, the ridiculous, the obscene real 
life while making you realize how humdrum, how ridiculous and 
how obscene real life is. There are articles lambasting some 
higher-ups, calling for feminist tetherball. Bowling Hygiene in the 
Old West, and promoting the doctrines of the DBA (Deviant Bowlers 
of America). There's also a little history of the DBA, including such 
colorful figures as Wyatt Earp and the James brothers (with a look 
at cowboy bowlers, a breed unto themselves). Bowling as Virtual 

Morality. (S-50/CG)_ 

BACKWOODS HOME MAGAZINE #9 ($17.95/yr from PO Box 
2630, Ventura, CA 93002): A practical magazine for those interested 
in self-sufficiency. This issue has notes on fireproofing in the woods, 
building a log cabin, cooking, water systems, wind generators, 
beekeeping, herb harvesting and plenty more. They also print 

reviews, recipes a nd letters. (S-lOOt/MG) _ 

THEBAG #40 ($1 Cash/Stamps & SASE from Buddah Worthmore, 
28313 58th Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49009): Some pretty singular 
observations about the world as it is, but it never gets preachy or 
whining. The editor deals with the "Global Village thing," talks 
about being a waffle, blows off steam and writes terribly well about 
music and its conditions. His "attack of ideas" should be read a 
few times. (S-4r/CG) 

BAHLASTI PAPERS Vol.5 #7 ($2.25 [checks to CASH] from Kali 
Lodge, Ordo Templis Orientis, 

POBox 15038, New Orleans, LA 
70115): Rambunctious magickal 
Crowleyite newsletter for the in the 
know magus. The "Guest Pubaette" 
talks about real life and the fitting 
in of magick as far as sex and careers 
go, there's another Enochian Vision, 
some Thelemic chronology, and a 
calendar of events. (S-7/CG) 

BALDER #7 ($70/yr from 60, 

Elmhurst Rd., Reading, Berkshire 
RG155HY, ENGLAND): A journal of 
the left hand path of magick for an 
open but secret society—the high fee 
discourages all but the serious. Their 
interests range from esoterica of 
Islam to notes on historic ritual 


among the druids. Their 
tradition. (D-24/MG)_ 


object is to rediscover a Pan-European 


BALLOT ACCESS NEWS Vol. 6 #12 ($6/yr from 3201 Baker St., 
San Francisco, CA 94123): A nationwide survey of the laws that 
keep third parties from having an easy time in our elections, and 
the various efforts to change them. There's a lot going on in this 
arena, and a lot of third parties interested, so they always have 

plenty to report. ( S-8t/MG) _ 

□THE BALL'S EDGE ($1 Sample(?)/$5 Sample pack from DNA, 
PO Box 4995, Chico, CA 95926 [Cash or M.O. only to DNA]): "Local, 
regional, national and cosmic events" are covered here by some 
neo-hippy types (that's purely conjecture—it only feels that way) 
with a fresh attitude. They never preach, only present some 
alternatives to many daily inadequacies. Hemp legalization, astrology, 
vegetarian recipes, reggae music, earth day, handwritten thoughts 
on Maria Montessori and the state of the US. All around information 
and a general feeli ng of well-being. (T-15r/CG) 

BARDIC RUNES #3 ($3.50 from Cathy Woodgold, 424 Cambridge 
St. S., Ottawa, ONT, K1S 4H5, CANADA): A zine of fantasy stories 
and poetry. The writers here take you to realms of myth, ancient 
Greece, medieval times, and similar places. Georgette Perry's "The 
House of the Sirens' Song", a classical tale, is one of the highlights 

of this issue. (D-4 0t/MG) _ 

BASIS Mar.-Apr. 1991 ($15/yr from Bay Area Skeptics, 4030 
Moraga, San Francisco, CA 94122): The voice of organized skepticism 
in the San Francisco area. The March issue examines cryonics (finding 
it on the borderline between science and pseudoscience), recounts 
a bit of skeptic history, and considers how many psychics it takes 
to change a light bulb. Lots of health stuff in April, with fluoridation, 
myths surrounding pregnancy, and mercury dental fillings all coming 

in for a look. (S-8 t/MG) _ 

BATHSHEBA #8 ($1 (?) from 3518 Weidner Ave., Oceansjde, NY 
11572): An unusual and frank personal zine—talk about sex and 
masturbation, happy high school graduates, an interview with a 
Marine, some stream-of-consciousness writing—all written by anon¬ 
ymous people. The collages of 60's icons and pop culture images 
(Mary Tyler Moore!!) do well in contrasting the writing itself. I liked 

it. (D-24r/CG) _ 

BATON ROUGE/NEW ORLEANS WRESTLING CLUB NEWS¬ 
LETTER Winter 1990-Mardi Gras 1991 ($2 (?) from John T. Martin, 
840 Hearthstone Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70806): This wrestling zine 
is for doers, rather than ringside fans. They cover both mainstream 
amateur wrestling and gay wrestling (a facet of the sport I hadn't 
realized existed, but it makes sense when you think about it). Lots 
of photos and contact addresses here, and not just in Louisiana. 

(HL-20t/MG) _ 

THE BEAT CYCLE REVIEW #2 ($1 (?)0 from Fido von Sydo, 
Anarchy University PO Box 3082, Portsmouth, NH 03801): Who 
knows what you'll Find in these pages? In this issue, there is poetry 
(including an ode to unused sperm), reflections on Nietzsche and 
personal responsibility, and a prayer to exacerbate depression. 

Cynical and darkly humorous. (D-16r/MG) _ 

BEATRIX #3 (93[cents] cash or stamps from Cris Rowles, PO 
Box 1581, Albany, NY 12201): A crowded little zine of rampant 
clippings about hippies, space aliens, psychic abilities, "Bob," comics 
by Gary Gordon, poetry by Sigmund Weiss and Ronald Edward 


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Kittell, a reprint of a nasty hate letter to Paul Weinman, and assorted 
vegetarian philosophy. Some psychedelic collage and art give it a 
freewheeling feel. (D-14r/CG) 

□BEING Vol.3 #1 ($3.00 Sample issue from POBox 417, Oceanside, 
CA 92049-0417): "A Celebration of Spirit, Body and Mind" contains 
much spiritual poetry, short fiction and articles. The articles discuss 
various aspects of accord and personal piety such as Kundalini Yoga, 
"safe" psychism and how to stay cool when you are mad. The print 

is sometimes a litt le muddy. (HL-28r/CG) _ 

BELLOWING ARK Vol. 7 #2 ($2 from PO Box 45637, Seattle, 
WA 98145): A litmag that has survived seven years through a 
combination of factors—including careful and friendly editorial work 
as well as a fine selection of writers and poets. They continue their 
latest serialized novel in this issue, along with work from' Sherry 
Brandon, Judith Goodrich, Maura Stokes and many other voices who 
don't seem to be everywhere in the small press. (T-24t/MG) 

□THE BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK #1,#11-15 (SASE, stamps, 
things you steal from work, etc.] from Radio Werewolf High 
Command, Buenaventura Durruti Column Branch, PO Box 75416, 
Washington, D.C. 20013): Situationism for the masses..no, not really 
for the masses, but at last there is a situationist extract that I find 
comprehensible (that is, they use smaller words). Calling itself "an 
alternative press alternative to the alternative press," these radio 
werewolves offer broadsheet views on the programmed sale of video 
tapes, spear the government, call a case for television, "Meet The 
Press," voting procedures, Saddam vs. Hitler, and lots more political 
trotting. The editors state that requesters are free to xerox and even 
take credit for their words, which I may yet do. (A4-1/CG) 

BETWEEN THE LINES Vol. 3 #2 ($1 (?) from Sacramento Peace 
Center, 1917A 16th St., Sacramento, CA 95814): This is a special 
issue, apparently taken over by the local youthful peace movement. 
It's full of marginal scribbling and great articles—and a "fuclc you" 
letter to the paper that refused to print it. Perhaps the peace 
movement has bui lt up some new momentum. (T -12t/MG) 

BIG DUCK ZINE #2-3 ($1.50 each from Thadicus Robinson, 1100 
Howe Avenue, Apt. 255, Sacramento, CA 95825): A punk zine of 
hometown origin and a nasty punk facade. A strange but true 
combination. There are lots of messy spots, but the content is sincere: 
a punk's life, memories of a certain "migraine porch," what school 
is really like (he was trying to be positive about it), interviews with 
Asbestos Death and Crimpshrine and a general feeling of energetic 

isolation in the 'b urbs. (S-25/CG) _ 

BIG FOREHEAD EXPRESS Vol.2 #l($10/yr from Incite Informa¬ 
tion, POBox 17406, Arlington, VA 22216): News analysis from behind 
the mainstream press. They cover a lot of topics ignored by the 
rest and aren't afraid. This issue has much to say about the "New 
World Order" and the consequences that may bring, an excellent 
article on Muslim women and overpopulation, contaminated water 
in the prison system and people who get "buried" in the regular 

news. (D-19t/CG)_ 

BIMONTHLY NEWSLETTER Mar. 1991 ($5 from Judith A. Wells, 
Rt. 2 Box 309B, Vilas, NC 28692): This is where Commander Kortron, 
mouthpiece for Ashtar, keeps us all posted on the coming cosmic 
battles between good and evil and the key parts to be played in it 
by lightworkers on Earth. It makes for incredibly strange New Age 
reading. They also run a computer BBS at 704-297-5973 if you want 
to check this sort of thing out on-line. (D-16r/MG) 

□THE BLACKLIST Vol. Ill #10 ($1 (?) from PO Box 1417, Salt 
Lake City, UT 84101): "This has been a test of the emergency 
weirdness system", it says on the front page, and that pretty well 
sums it up. There's an essay demanding freedom for psychoactive 
vegetables, a White Boy booklet, a strange ontological romp, and 
some short poetry. Fun alternative lit. (S-8t/MG) 

BLIND IGUANA PRESS #6 ($5/6 issues from 513 Corby Ave., 
South Bend, IN 46617): A literary zine in a nutshell—one tri-folded 
piece of paper, to be more precise. There's a cute poem here about 
the fairy-tale nature of George Bush's wars, plus a rambling story 
about a peasant not making much impact on the world. (S-2t/MG) 
BLIP #138-139 ($8.75/yr from Joka Press, PO Box 74, Nokomis, 
IL 62075): A Brave Little Impossible Publication it may be, but it's 
also a long-lived one. Joe Kempe contributes plenty of humor, though 
sometimes he gets serious, as in his "Hug Jugs" plan for easing 
the California drought in the 138th issue. Baseball history, limericks 
to complete, comics, musings on the war and more are all a part 


of the fun here. (D-40t/MG) 

THE BLOATED TICK Vol. 5 #2-3 (SASE and 29* stamp from 
Paul Dion, 24 S. Main St., South Grafton, MA 01560-1133): A 
collection of mail art and goofy stuff. Paul is after people's photos 
and other goodies, prints bizarre written works, and creates phony 
paper money. Weird stuff. Great for you people suffering from mail 
art withdrawal now that we've cut back our listings here. (S-14/MG) 
BLOWOUT Spring 1991 ($2 from Chris Purcell, 6 Riverside Dr., 
Asheville, NC 28801): A skatezine with a lot of style and a great 
sense of design. Starting with a patterned transparent cover, they 
feature tons of photos of young men flying through the air, diagrams 
of skate parks, an d so on. Classy. (S-36/MG) 

B.L.T. ($1 (?) from Deirdre Williamson, 2905 Piney Grove Ct., 
Fairfax, VA 22031): The initials stand for BLACK LEATHER TIMES 
or maybe Bitterness, Love and Torture—the latter is what you'll find 
in here, with a healthy dose of sarcastic humor involved. This is 
the Valentine's Day/Deviant Sex issue, with notes on crossdressing, 
a "lover's lexicon" (what they really mean when they say "Sure, I'll 
call you sometime"), not-quite confidential advice letters, and a 
crossword puzzle for sexual deviants. I wonder what they'll do for 

their Mother's Day issue. (D-12r/CG) _ 

BLUEPRINT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Vol. XLIV #6-7 (Donation 
from Loyola IHR, Loyola University, Box 12, New Orleans, LA 
70118): A newsletter that covers a wide variety of peace and social 
justice issues. #6 concentrates on workplace safety. #7 is about 
hosing, more specifically about cohousing, the new idea that is 
gaining rapidly in popularity in this country. It's nice to see an 
update on what's happened since THE COHOUSING BOOK was 

published. (S-8t/C G/MG) _ 

BLUE RYDER #17 ($15/yr from POBox 587, Olean, NY. 14760): 
Selections from other publications withno particular order or theme, 
except that they are all small or micro press periodicals. This issue 
has reprints fromPEACEWORK,THE SHADOW, LIVING 
FREE,FIJACTIVIST and more. Kind of aREADER'S DIGEST of the 
underground. Potential traders should note that their stand on 
copyrights is unconventional (& illegal); unless you specifically forbid 
reprints, they assume that you don't mind.) (S-34/CG/MG) 

BLUE SWAN NOTES Spring 1991 ($1 from PO Box 9925, San 
Diego, CA 92169): This one tracks catalogs for the dedicated mail 
order buyer. This time around it's "A Brief Look at Shoe & Boot 
Catalogs", with sources for everything from handmade English 
chamois boots to Birkenstocks to animal-free shoe s. (D-4/MG) 

THE BLUMENFELD EDUCATION LETTER Vol. 6 #2-3 ($36/12 
issues from PO Box 45161, Boise, ID 83711): A monthly newsletter 
about education, arguing against a lot of the innovations in current 
vogue. #2 returns to absolute basics, discussing various methods of 
teaching reading and arguing once again that phonics is superior to 
later developments such as the "whole language" method. #3 is a 
bit disturbing, a lecture from the editor condemning premarital sex 
and homosexuality as "perverse" and encouraging a Biblical code of 

morality. (S-8t/MG)_ 

□THE BODY POLITIC Vol. 1 #1-3 ($15/12 issues from AB 
Publications, PO Box 2363, Binghamton, NY 13902): A monthly report 
of news from the pro-choice front in New York state. Editor Anne 
Bower collects recent news on Operation Rescue and similar groups, 
tracks legislation, and talks to politicians working to preserve choice. 
She also goes over the legislative history of things like Title X. An 
excellent resource. (S-32/MG) 

BOGUS #5 ($1 from 14227 Eventide, Cypress, TX 77429): A 
collection of rather gross newspaper clippings and a few porno zine 
covers for good measure. There are dead Bundys, two-headed 
infants, gross crimes, and lots more in the same vein. (S-lOt/MG) 
BOOKS ARE EVERYTHING #17 ($7.50 from R.C. and Elwanda 
Holland, 302 Martin Dr., Richmond, KY 40475): A fat zine for the 
collector of classic vintage paperback books. The major article in this 
issue is a look at the books of Wilson "Bob" Tucker, SF and fan 
writer. They also print plenty of cover shots and checklists, plus an 
active letter section. This issue also starts a series on the history of 

the paperback. (S- 72/MG) _ 

BORDERLINE NEWS Jan.-Mar. 1991 ($1 (?) from PO Box 3349, 
Phenix City, AL 36868-3349): A zine of humor, tourism, music and 
entertainment for the Columbus and Phenix City areas. The January 
issue has a visit to what's left of the Confederate Navy and some 






























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lighthearted predictions for the future. March has a butterfly center 
and a book review about animated cartoons. Events calendar in each 

issue. (S-16t/MG) _ 

BORDER/LINES”#19 ($16/4 issues from Bethune College, York 
University, 4700 Keele St., North York, ONT, M3J 1P3, CANADA): 
A fine and intricate journal of cultural exploration. This issue is 
mainly about prison culture, and they do a good job of exploring 
it. There is a wonderful article on penal publications, a look at the 
commodification of the Berlin Wall, and a discussion of the psychiatric 
survivor zine PHO ENIX RISING. (Q-48t/MG) 

THE BOTTLEROCKET HOUSE OF STONES #11-12(SASE from 
Karl Myers, 1020 Seneca B-3, Seattle, WA 98101): Commentary and 
opinion on a two-sided broadsheet on matters of recent or cultural 
consequence. Serious considerations about the Doors movie (solid 
perception, I think), a local zoning meeting and the feeling of being 
violated, and an add-on "disclaimer" to a previous column about 
getting along in the workplace—with..er..alternative suggestions 

included. (L-2r/CG)_ 

BRAIN CANCER #6 ($1.50 from Mike Canich, POBox 31, Romeo, 
MI 49065): More cool art and aching Zeitgeist from Mike. Art is 
intense for the most part (except for a political strip), there's 
comments on the war and the reviews he keeps getting—besides 
his own reviews o f things and other feelings let l oose. (S-21/CG) 
THE BRAIN CENTER NEWSLETTER #7 (new series)($5/yr from 
PO Box 795, Berkeley, CA 94701): This one is for folks in the SF 
Bay area interested in exploring the big questions. The Brain Center 
is a group of folks who get together for deep & explorative lectures, 
and this newslette r tells them what's upcoming. (S -8t/MG) 

BRICK #6 (50* from PO Box 1153, Russellville, AL 35653): A 
journal of anarchist protest. This issue has an anti-war focus, 
including news stories about the editor being arrested protesting the 
bombing (and found guilty of flag desecration). There is also some 
news of various cl ass war prisoners. (D-8/MG) 

□BULK MALE Vol. 1 #1 ($24.95/4 issues from Big Bull Inc., PO 
Box 300352, Denver, CO 80203): A new magazine for men who like 
other men of the large variety. The explicit photos here feature 
plenty of pot bellies, large male breasts, facial and body hair—as 
the cover puts it, "Tons of hot men". They've also got a personal 
ads section, some short fiction, and an ad for a BBS devoted to 
"gay and bi chubb ies and chasers". (S-40t/MG) 

BVI-CENTRAL #10-2 ($1 or transit paraphernalia from J. LeRoy, 
PO Box 95984, Seattle, WA 98145-2984): There's a section heading 
in this issue that sums up J.'s demeanor rather well: "Ramblings of 
an Angry Young Man". Besides talking about the pros and cons of 
direct action and of course opposing the war, he gets maudlin about 
a dead friend. Also available is his BVI-CENTRAL SPECIAL 
COLLECTIONS VII, recounting a hellish trip to Las Vegas. 

(D-20t/MG) _ 

□BYOD #2-3 (The Usual from 825 42nd St., Rock Island, IL 
61201): The editors don't know what the initials stand for (if you 
do, tell 'em), and that only adds more flavor to the curious and 
clever concept of this opinion zine. Their statement of purpose in 
#3 reads "To make fun of ourselves, and thus to overcome otherwise 
unconquerable pride," and one reader calls them "a couple of 
intellectual thugs." There are Notes on Human Nature, the history 
of the "Enemy Gene," why one guy is glad safe drugs are illegal, 
and a terrific articl e on the nature of cynicism. (H L-ll/CG) 

□BYOKI #1 ($1.00 from Mike Canich, PO Box 31, Romeo, MI 
48065): The editor of BRAIN CANCER expands here with the same 
unrefined expressives that seem to be aching for 
answers to unanswerable questions. His artistic style is 
graphic and sometimes even tortured (there is a short 
comic/story about, I assume, incest), but he loves 
Bong water, so ho w depressed can he be? (D-16r/C G) 

CAMPUS REVIEW Vol. 7 #2-3 ($5/yr from 336 S. 

Clinton #16, Iowa City, IA 52240): Well, the war was 
over by the time #2 came out, but that didn't stop 
them from putting Hussein in a hangman's noose on 
the cover, useful Iraqi phrases on the back, and slams 
at the anti-war crowd inside. Most interesting is a spread 
where they rebut the claims of U.S. Out point by point, 
doing a pretty good job of it. #3 lauds Seventh 
Generation for their essentially free-market approach to 
environmentalism. (T-20t/MG) _ 


CAN WE #47 (Donation from POBox 2152, Coeur d'Alene, ID 
83814-1913): A grassroots anti-nuclear newsletter devoted to dispers¬ 
ing information about nuclear armaments and the dangers involved. 
This issue takes an international look at radioactive contamination 
and a medical boy cott of General Electric. (A4-2/C G) 

CARIBBEAN NEWSLETTER Vol. 11 #1-3 ($10/yr from Friends 
For Jamaica, PO Box 20392, Park West Sta., New York, NY 10025): 
A collection of news bits about the various countries in the Caribbean. 
Being a progressive sort of zine, they took a page or two off here 
to protest the Gulf War, but then it was back to the situation in 
Guyana, the continuing legal maneuvers in Grenada, and so on. 

(S-10/MG) _ 

THE CARING CONNECTION Vol. 7 #3 ($13.50/yr from Phyllis 
A. Burns, 3060 Bridge St. #342, Brighton, CO 80601): News and 
ideas for the handicapped and those who care for them. They track 
new products, FDA rulings, legal and medical news. There are also 
short essays and poetry—#3 has a touching story from Sheryll 
Axelrod about gro wing up with a slow brother. (S -6/MG) 

THE CARNIFEX NETWORK Vol. 1 #3 ($1 from PO Box 479164, 
Chicago, IL 60647): A zine which seems mainly designed to shock, 
and it will probably succeed—as with the few page story excerpt 
graphically describing oral sex with a dog. There's a wild Gaither 
cover, Lorri Jackson poetry, reviews of new music, and all sorts of 

other wild things here. (S-16t/MG) _ 

THE CAROLINA CRITIC 2/8-22/91 ($20/yr from 01 Steele Bldg., 
CB 5100, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599): A bi-weekly campus paper 
that gains momentum with each issue. While not really alternative, 
the student reporters and commentators discuss world, domestic, 
and campus topics a little conservatively and throw in some healthy 
skepticism and sardonics. Here they talk about student elections, 
the brutality waged in the Baltic region, whether or not smokers 
have any rights and the editor selection process for another student 

paper. (S-15t/CG) __ 

CARTOON MARKETS Apr.-May 1991 ($3 from Loyal Pallady, 
90 W. Winnipeg Ave. #1, St. Paul, MN 55117-5428): A zine for the 
professional (or, I suppose, serious amateur) cartoonist. It's mainly 
business-oriented, with the bulk of this issue devoted to continuing 
an alphabetical list of paying markets. They also publish ideas on 
working with gag-writers, submitting material, and so on. (S-10/MG) 
CATALYST #4 ($3 SASE from People's Art Movement, 511 E. 
Mariposa #16, Phoenix, AZ 85012): A litmag on steroids, bulking 
up fast thanks to the policies of the People'^ Art Movement. They 
believe in complete relativism and printing everything. As a result 
there is tons of poetry here, a short story, an essay, and lots of 
visual works. Unedited and rough in spots, but there are gems to 

be found. (HL-128 r/MG) _ 

THE CATALYST Vol.4 #5 ($1 (?) from CB #5115, Y Building, 
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599): A student publication 
from the group at UNC who remain slightly left of center (politically, 
that is). They talk about politically correctness and peace movements, 
the duality of the Support Troops/Support War paradox, and an 
excellent writer-exc hange piece on Afrocentricity. ( S-24t/CG) 

CEHSOIKOE #12 ($1 from John Porcellino, 1954 Brookside Ln., 
Hoffman Estates, IL 60194): A litzine that carries quite a variety of 
work, mostly poetry but with sprinklings of prose like Tim Coats' 
story with a twist and some personal history from Sigmund Weiss. 
Stacey Sollfrey and John m. Bennett are on the extreme end of the 
poetic confusion here, with Ronald Edward Kittell and Jonathan 
Levant balancing them out. (D-36r/MG) _ 































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THE CENSORSHIP CHRONICLE #7 ($3.00 from Nathaniel-M. 
Naske, POBox 80721, Fairbanks, AK 99708): The exceptional college 
zine that changes it's second title word with each issue. And calling 
it a college zine doesn't really do it justice, anyway. These are the 
best and the brightest of the younger marginals who tackle such 
weighty subjects with surprising results such as censorship in all 
areas, a travelling sage of doom (related to censorship), animal 
rights, the debate between Liddy and Leary, just what "politically 
correct" means in the Green Party and the usual expansive zine, 
movie, music and book review section. Choice. (S -52r/CG) 

CENSORSHIP NEWS #38 ($25/yr from NCAC, 2 W. 64th St., 
New York, NY 10023): The newsletter of the National Coalition 
Against Censorship, a group dedicated to preserving our rights of 
free speech. Topics in this issue include textbooks, die latest antics 
of Don Wildmon, and the gag rule in pregnancy counseling centers 

that get public fun ds. (S-4t/MG) __ 

CES NEWSLETTER Vol.3 #5-7 ($12/yr from POBox 7091, Burbank, 
CA 91510-7091): A monthly newsletter from the Church of the Eternal 
Source, a pagan group with devotion to Ancient Egyptian religion. 
There's always a calendar of events, notes on past and present 
members, and editorials ranging from an analysis of a 12-step 
program from a pagan point of view to the appearance of Middle 
Eastern paranoia in the minds of Americans these days and pleas 
to avoid it. Always a friendly source of Wiccan info rmation. (S-9/CG) 
CFRA BULLETIN #90 ($1 (?) from Bob Kirlin,East 7609 Marietta, 
Spokane, WA 99212): The publication of the College Football 
Researchers Association which lists statistics, important games played 
in history, and other college football analysis. This issue has the 
final poll games with statistical research and dates played. For the 
true football lover and statistician. (S-20r/CG) 

CHANGE #221 (Sample on request from The Synergetic Society, 
1825 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514): Synergetics is a 
way of looking at the world, and a way of advancing into a higher 
state of consciousness. They're happy to teach anyone who wants 
to learn, and will gladly get you started with a sample issue. This 
one contains some analysis of the disease of milit arism. (S-20/MG) 
THE CHAOS NETWORK Vol. 3 #1 ($49/4 issues from People 
Technologies, 200 Lincoln Sq., PO Box 4007, Urbana, IL 61801): A 
newsletter which investigates the potential of chaos theory as a tool 
for organizational understanding. Jeffrey Goldstein's work on 
nonequilibrium systems is the highlight of this issue. Non-technical 
readers might appreciate the explanation of the three different schools 
of Chaos theory which seem to be developing in this end of the 
field. (S-16t/MG) 

CHEAP RELIEF Vol. 4 #3-4 ($48/yr from Jean Lawrence, PO Box 
11501, Washington, DC 20008-0701): This one is for "professional 
communicators", mostly those in a corporate or marketing position. 
Jean hunts up things worth reading and knowing about, from the 



basics of corporate video to a good book on getting commitment 
to goals. Looks useful for the busy person without time to keep 

scanning everythin g. (S-4/MG) _ 

CHEESE #3 ($1.75 from Lord Gregory, 528 Andros Ln., Indian 
Harbour Bch., FL 32937): A zine devoted tot he cheesy side of 
culture, from Saturday Night Fever and Stayin' Alive down to modern 
bands (like Red Soda) working in the cheesy tradition. This issue 
also features Heinous Beinfang & His Cheap Moves, plus a few 
pages on chia pet s and some comics. (D-20/MG) 

CHOKEHOLD #30 ($1 from Lance LeVine, 507 W. 43rd PL, 
Chicago, IL 60609): One of the funniest—or maybe the word should 
be "screwiest"—of the wrestling zines. Lance leads off with his own 
adventures; in #30 he's recently escaped from jail, and in search of 
the evil Black Kayfabe. Later the readers get into the act, with plenty 

of letters and silly ideas. (S-10/MG) _ 

THE CHOPPING BLOCK #17 ($1 from Kit Lively, Rt. 2, Box 
146, Celina, TX 75009): A little thinner but still fun to roam through. 
Humor newsletter with the "Valerie Bertinelli Seal of Approval," Kit 
doesn't care who he lampoons—the "Psychi Sausage," Marilyn 
Monroe (really!) giving study lessons. He's also got pals Joe Workman 
and Tom Winer helping out on this one—kind of the funny old boy 

network. (S-10/CG) ___ 

CHRISTIAN*NEW AGE QUARTERLY Vol. 3 #2 ($3.50 from 
Bethsheva's Concern, PO Box 276, Clifton, NJ 07011-0276): A zine 
that tries to reconcile Christianity with the New Age—since, among 
other things, Jesus is viewed as a teacher in both traditions. This 
issue has a fascinating lead article by Robert Price arguing that 
neo-pagans should try reviving what he calls "Corn-King Christian- 
ity", plus plenty more to think about. (HL-20/MG) 

CHRISTIAN VISION Apr. 1991 ($5/4_issues from Skysong Press, 
RR1 Washago, ONT, L0K 2B0, CANADA): A specialized market 
newsletter, this one is for writers seeking Christian publications to 
submit their work to. Along with the market listings (many paying) 
they run the occasional short essay or piece on what Christian 

writing is all abou t. (D-12t/MG) _ 

THE CLERMONT NUZ Vol.6 #1 ($1 (?) from Box 69, Clermont, 
IA 52135): A personal and sincere endeavor facing a number of 
consequences of our society with subtly and charm. "Good-byes" 
traces the history of our involvement with Saddam in conjunction 
with the actual goodbyes to friends in the war, offers a tree-planting 
effort in the town, and prints a cute story about a dad and his 
cookie-eating kids. Students of all ages are encouraged to contribute. 

(S-4/CG) _ 

COALITION FOR PRISONERS' RIGHTS NEWSLETTER Vol. 16 
#2-3 (Donation from PO Box 1911, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1911): A 
collection of inmate letters and other material pertaining to issues 
of civil rights for those who happen to be behind bars. They report 
much petty harassment, some systematic abuse, and the occasional 

victory. The death penalty 
is a continuing concern 

here. (HL-8/MG) _ 

COFFEE & DONUTS 
($1.00 from POBox 6920, 
Alexandria, VA 22306): A 
fanzine for the Twin Peaks 
fan. This issue is mostly 
devoted to the uncertain 
future of the program, with 
bits and pieces of gossip 
thrown in. They also have 
an article on how TP fares 
in the UK and a column of 
"American Chronicles." (D- 

7/CG) _ 

COLTSFOOT Vol. XII 
#2 ($2 from Box 313A, 
Shipman, VA 22971): A zine 
of wild plants and their 
uses. Much of this issue is 
about the noble Mullein 
plant, but the writers also 
review books, discuss a va¬ 
riety of wild greens, and 
swap notes on what's good 



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to eat and what isn't. Medicinal and other uses also come into play 

here. (D-24r/MG) _ 

□COMBAT #1 ($6/yr from ALFSG, Box 42, 10024-82 Ave., 
Edmonton, AB, T6E 1Z3, CANADA): A newsletter from a new 
branch of the Animal Liberation Front Support Group, the 
aboveground arm of the direct-action oriented ALF. It's full of news 
briefs of McDonald's bombings and arrests around the world. They 
also offer various bits of literature for sale (S-16/MG) 

COMBAT SPORTS #125 ($12/6 issues from Michael O'Hara, PO 
Box 651, Gracie Sta., New York, NY 10028-0006): Wrestling and 
roller derby come together here—though as Michael admits in this 
issue, roller sports are moribund in the US just now. But that leaves 
all the more room for wrestling gossip and action, condensed to an 
informative no frills approach. (HL-16/MG) 

COMIX WAVE #104-105 ($9/12 issues from Clay Geerdes, PO 
Box 7094, Berkeley, CA 94707): Commentary and opinion on comics 
and just about any other part of popular culture that catches Clay's 
eye. In these issues he talks a bit about small press reactions to 
the war, looks back at the history of the Nickelettes, and prints 

some amusing qu otes. (S-2t/MG) _ 

COMMUNIQUE AFTER DARK #4 ($1.25 from Inspiracy Press, 
PO Box 523, Columbia Station, OH 44028-0523): With this issue 
Rodney Eric Griffith becomes the latest publisher to announce his 
withdrawal from "the fringe". He does so mainly by publishing 
back-to-back critical evaluations of FF by Bob Black, the late Gerry 
Reith, and himself—the gist of which is that we are not mean enough 
to their enemies. (D-12t/MG) 

□COMMUNIST DINER Vol. 2 #1 ($6/6 issues from 1187 Wilmette 
Ave. #640, Wilmette, IL 60091-2776): A collection of material from 
all over the zine world. This includes a couple of PBM diplomacy 
games, strange comics, music reviews, poetry and silliness. A wide 

net without a lot of focus yet. (D-24t/MG) _ 

COMMUNITY Mar.-Apr. 1991 ($25/yr from PO Box 131, Albany, 
NY 12201): A monthly newsletter for the gay and lesbian community 
and their supporters in the Albany area. Much of the news in the 
March issue is political, and a bit worrisome: lack of representation 
on the Police-Community Relations Board, and Dan Ritchie's 
continuing struggle with harassing landlords. (S-8t/MG) 

COMPOST NEWSLETTER Eostre 91 ($2 Check/MO ONLY from 
Valerie Walker (for CNL), 729 5th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118): 
A neopagan zine which proudly announces on the cover "Give me 
levity or give me death". Inside, there is much debate over Otter 
Zell's proposal to pick a pagan panel for an upcoming ecumenical 
conference, more magical recipes, another take on the Faery tradition, 

and lots more. (H L-20t/MG) _ 

□CONCRETE CULTURE #2 ($16/6 issues from 2141-C Mission 
St. #305, San Francisco, CA 94110-1280): An oversized zine of 
politically correct essays and literature. This issue takes a shot at 
starting a progressive history of the Gulf War, seeing it as the start 
of a slow WWIII and arguing that our views of it have already been 
distorted by the media. Another section pays homage to the 
Palestinian Intifada. They also include short stories, poetry, comics 
and critical reviews. (0-64t/MG) 

□CONFEREE Vol. 1 #2-Vol. 2 #1 ($39.95/6 issues from Gerosota 
Productions, 3530 Pine Valley Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239): This is a 
newsletter aimed at convention speakers and others who use their 
thoughts and voice in a professional setting, with freebies to clients 
of The Speaker's Connection. It includes notes on who has landed 
speaking jobs lately, a page of body language, and short quips. 

(S-4t/MG) __ 

THE CONNECTION #172 ($2.50 from Erwin S. Strauss, PO Box 
3343, Fairfax, VA 22038): Tons of continuing discussion on 
far-reaching topics, loosely structured around a libertarian world 
view. Current hot topics include cryonics, physics, proprietary 
communities, economics (mainstream and otherwise) and whether 
certain contributors have any brains at all. Often feisty, often 
interesting. (D-96r/MG) 

CONNECTIONS Mar. 1991 ($20/6 issues from PO Box 684, 
Bangor, ME 04401): This is the newsletter of the Action Linkage 
Mac Users Group. Other than a truly awful habit of running text 
on either side of graphics, it reads well, and seems directed at 
beginning users as well as those who already know how to do 
things. There are product reviews, helpful hints and shortcuts, and 


the occasional political article, as with the notes on Prodigy and free 

speech in this issu e. (S-12t/MG) _ 

CONSCIOUSNESS #2 (SASE from PO Box 7442, Columbus, GA 
31908-7442): A zine of general pondering about life and other stuff. 
This issue features a short story in which the lack of sleep turns 
out to be a curse, a column railing against war and murder and 
stuff, and some bits of poetry. They say they're very open to 
unsolicited material too. (S-4t/MG) 

CONTACT! Mar. 1991 ($20/yr from The Humanist Fellowship of 
San Diego, PO Box 87662, San Diego, CA 92138): A listing of 
humanist events in Southern California, along with short news notes 
and commentaries. They're not afraid to get a bit controversial, as 
with the blurb opposing gun control in this issue on the grounds 

that Hussein is fo r it. (S-4t/MG) _ 

□CONTACT BOX #1 ($1 from Ryszard Kapusta, POBox 47, 36-100 
Kolbuszowa, Woj. Rzeszow POLAND): An English-written listing of 
penpal hopefuls around the world, mostly in Eastern Europe. The 
first of its kind in Poland, most listings represent a fair sampling 
of the people who wish for some contacts, music buddies and 
international companions. Also has a "Guide Around Poland," a 
small directory of zine, band, and mail art addresses. (D-16r/CG) 
CONTRABAND #2 ($1 & a stamp from Jared, 20263 Saticoy #13, 
Canoga Park, CA 91306): A zine of humor, music and creativity, 
from a batch of students out west. This issue has a great drawing 
of the ultimate straightedge band concert, comics including such 
cheerful subjects as roadkills and vomit, a weird advice column, 
notes on getting into a local college, poetry and more. Amusing 

and sometimes th oughtful. (D-24r/MG) _ 

CONVERGING PATHS Spring 1991 ($4 from Three Sisters, ltd., 
PO Box 63, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572): A pagan zine which tends to go 
into serious discussions of the Craft (though they also know how 
tO‘ be lighthearted—check the continued fiction of Etheriul* Scriv¬ 
ener). This issue considers further the validity of pagan initiations, 
suggests ways to evaluate the clergy of your own pagan church, 
and continues teac hing the basic laws of magic(k) . (S-32/MG) 

CO-OP AMERICA QUARTERLY Spring 91 ($2.00 single issue 
from 2100 M St., NW Suite 403, Washington, DC 20063): A 
member-controlled collective devoted to educating and informing on 
socio-economic issues of the day, including many alternatives to the 
traditional business and lifestyle methods we now employ. Articles 
include ways of becoming self-reliant on goods and produce, farmer 
and consumer partnerships and building co-housing communities. 
They offer an entire range of goods and services, from their catalog 
to life insurance. (S-39t/CG) 

CORPUS CHRISTI MARINER NEWS #22-23 ($1 from PO Box 
1960, Corpus Christi,' TX 78403): For members of the Merchant 
Marine in and around the cost of Texas. It offers friendly news and 
gossip, what's been happening with various sea lift operatives, and 
adds it's own witty flavor to the likes of military cuisine. Page two 
is a series of reprints from mainstream papers mainly about lawsuit 
settlements, from bus wrecks to asbestos exposure . ((L-2/CG) 

COUNTER INFORMATION #30 (Donation from 52 Call Lane, 
Leeds, UK): An anarchist publication which is heavily into promoting 
class war and a complete overthrow of the system; no armchairs 
here. It concentrates mostly on news from the UK, with some 
international notes as well, and was one of the leading sources of 
news on poll tax resistance. (A4-4/MG) 

□COURTESAN #1 ($1 from Allin, PO Box 60254, Oklahoma City, 
OK 73146): A zine with no clear focus, apparently a mix of whatever 
caught Allin's eye. This includes a reprinted Gwar interview, poetry, 
mail-arty pictures, anti-Subgeniality, and some cranky record reviews. 
For 10* & an SASE he'll send you a postcard of his wedding photos. 
(D-20r/MG) 

CP APR Vol. VII #1 (Donation from PO Box 26, Swain, NY 
14884-0026): The full name here is an acronym for Coalition to Protect 
Animals in Parks and Refuges. They're a group opposed to allowing 
hunting and trapping in so-called wildlife sanctuaries which does 
seem to be a sensible position. Short news items are intermixed 

with calls for spec ific actions. (S-8t/MG) _ 

□CRABBY TIMES (50tf & SASE from Peachy Carnahan, PO Box 
571, Greenwood Lake, NY 10925): A collection of newspaper 
headlines rearranged into new meanings, snippets of religious tracts, 
and so on. Also includes some hand-drawn additions to your Tarot 





























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deck and a couple of stickered and colored pages . (D-12/MG) 

CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES NEWSLETTER Vol. 4 #3-4 ($3 from 
Pyramid Research Center, PO Box 478, Odenton, MD 21113): A 
newsletter of fringe science, accelerated learning, and health news. 
#3 suggests a way to learn languages fast by brinwashing yourself. 
#4 has an article on how nuclear bombs only work on intersections 
on Earth's energy grid and one on hyperoxygenation therapy. While 
always ready to consider out of the ordinary ideas, they do give 
references for those who want to check things out for themselves. 

(S-8t/MG) _ 

□CREEPY GUYS FROM OUTER SPACE (WITH EVIL LAUGHS) 
#1 (2 stamps and "something to print" from Fritz Schneider, PO 
Box 190101, Savannah, GA 31419): A zine with no apparent purpose, 
trolling for more submissions. This one has some comics, paranoid 
rants, photos of so me busty gal, and a surreal short story. (D-12/MG) 
CRITICAL WAVE #20 ($25/6 issues from Mary Burns, 23 
Kensington Ct., Hempstead, NY 11550): The British zine of SF news 
and commentary (Mary is the US agent) continues to grow and 
improve. They review books, list zines and clubs, and print lots of 
news. Don Wollheim's death, an interview with Raymond Gallun, 
and Star Trek stuff are big in this issue. (A4-32t/M G) 

CROOKED SMILE CRACKED LIPS #2 ($1 from Claire, 7103 
Oakwood Glen #15, Spring, TX 77379): A zine of Claire's own literary 
output, and it has barbed-wire edges. She writes small slices of 
observation of painful lives: transvestite hookers, people beaten 
down, bits of horror from the black nights of the soul. Not entirely 
bleak, but not very cheerful either. (D-16/MG) 

CROSS CURRENTS #12 ($2 from CrossRoads of Buffalo, 2316 
Delaware Ave. #102, Buffalo, NY 14216): CrossRoads is a service 
and support group for the gender dysphoric community—for the 
most part transsexuals and transvestites. This issue has son\e 
commentary on oppression faced by various people in this situation, 
s well as the blunt facts from a doctor who does m-to-f surgery. 
They also print a list of contacts and groups. (S-12t/MG) 

CRYONICS Vol. 12 #2-4 ($3.50 from Alcor, 12327 Doherty St., 
Riverside, CA 92503): The newsletter of what seems to be the best 
organized, and rapidly becoming the best known, of the cryonics 
groups. #3 reports on the suspension of another patient, considers 
the solvency of life insurance companies, and has plenty of news 
and ideas about surviving long-term into the future. #4 has the 
current Alcor financial report and some projections of their future 

growth. (S-32t/MG)_ 

CULTURAL SURVIVAL QUARTERLY Vol.15 #1 ($25.00 mem¬ 
bership from 53-A Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138): Important 
glossy devoted to addressing issues for and about indigenous peoples 
around the world. Usually that means third world countries and 
tribal and ethnic minorities. Articles represent a concerned effort to 
inform and elucidate on matters that policy makers don't always 
look into. This issue has a fascinating article on the "Tasaday" hoax, 
in which a previously undiscovered Philippino "tribe" was found to 
have been induced into staging their "stone-age" lifestyle. Another 
relates the cultural impact and misleading aspects given to the 



otfMe i9H», 23H: rue sauces^ swt a human. 


so-labelled "Bushm en" of Botswana. (S-64t/CG) 

CULTWATCH RESPONSE Vol. 3 #2 ($2 from PO Box 1842, 
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1842): A newsletter written by Wiccans 
who are also involved with law enforcement, continuously trying to 
sort out the various disinformation spread about "Satanic crimes" 
and the like. They demolish current popular myths, review books 
in the field, and examine stories of those who think they've 
uncovered a vast and sinister network. A good antidote to hysteria. 

(HL-16/MG) _ 

□THE DAILY SAM ($1 (?) from Sam Helm, 495 West 186th St., 
Apt. 5E, New York, NY 10033): Sam's contribution to GOLDEN 
APA and TRUTH, two apas he writes for. They are mostly excerpts 
from his diary which include his dreams, his various sicknesses, 
and his impressions on everything from morning erections to fandom. 
In the midst of all this he also reviews the latest sf he's read. 

(S-13/CG) _ 

□DAN'S PAPERS 2/8-2/22/91 ($2.00 (?) from PO Drawer AR, 
Bridgehampton, NY 11932): A friendly local weekly from the 
Hamptons resort area on Long Island. Besides offering the usual 
arts, entertainment and dining info, there's quite a variety of articles 
relating to the war, health and fitness, travels abroad, book reviews 
and what winter is like i n this summer-based comm unity. (T-28t/CG) 
DARK LILY #12 (£2 from BCM Box 3406, London WC1N 3XX, 
ENGLAND): A calm and reasonable Satanist zine, generally in line 
with the LaVey side of various arguments but quite capable of 
independent thought. They have been active in fighting back against 
fundies who would like to exterminate them, review various new 
works, and maintain an extensive list of other periodicals int he 

field. (D-24/MG) _ 

□DARK TOME #6 ($2.00 from PO Box 705, Salem, OR 97308): 
A full and satisfying array of gothic and horror fiction—that is, the 
theme of the stories is usually gothic with a decidely modern attitude. 
Mark McLaughlin's "The Pharoah of Hamilton Court reads like 
"Married With Children" meets "Dark Shadows," which I found 
particularly exhilar ating, along with most of the o thers. (D-28/CG) 
DECALCOMANIA #83-84 ($1 from Phil Blytheway, 9705 Mary 
NW, Seattle, WA 98117): A newsletter for people who collect radio 
paraphernalia, with an emphasis on stickers and "airchecks" 
(recordings designed to show the character of a station. Plenty of 
news of new promo items here, and tips for those who want to 

join in are easily available. (S-lOr/MG) _ 

DE NAR #53-54 (IRC's from Postbus 104, 1210 Brussel 21, 
BELGIUM): Independent music and social activities from Belgium. 
Review of shows, music and zines as well as some attention paid 
to the politicaUclimate of the day. Some zine reviews in both Dutch 
and English; every thing else in Dutch. (D-24r/CG) 

DENDRON #20/21/22 ($1.50 from PO Box 11284, Eugene, OR 
97440): A special triple issue of this zine for psychiatric survivors, 
focused on their continuing campaign to get electroshock reduced 
or eliminated. They also look at overuse of drugs in therapy and 
various other ways in which patients are stripped of their 

fundamental rights . (T-16t/MG) _ 

DER ZWECK #30 (The Usual, maybe, from Mats Henricson, 
Terapiv. 4F, 14155 Huddinge, SWEDEN): This is a science fiction 
fanzine, or at least that's my best guess, based on things like 
reference to a Gene Wolfe book and a column titled "Iocs". Hard 
to be sure, though, since the whole darned thing is in Swedish. If 
you want a Swedish zine, this is the only one I know. Nice pic of 

a Tapir on the co ver. (A4-12t/MG) _ 

DESIGNING NEW CIVILIZATIONS Vol. 7 #2 ($10/6 months 
from 16255 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436-2354): An apa for people 
interested in looking at the broad strokes of our future situation 
and working to change it. Cashless economies, small communities 
and conflict resolution are among the interests here. (S-28r/MG) 
□DIABLERIE #1 ($1 from Kevin J. Lintner, 827 N. Queen St., 
Lancaster, PA 17603-2739): Growing up in the place that brought us 
Three Mile Island has left Kevin with some pretty stark impressions 
of the environment and he employs them in visually and verbally 
attacking the "environmental President." "Diablerie" means "mis¬ 
chief," but this isn't mischief we are witnessing; it's a parable for 
the times we live in and what might well happen if things don't 

change. (S-13/CG) ___ 

DIALOGUE #86-87 ($5/yr from PO Box 71221, New Orleans, LA 































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70172): A long-running newsletter of social activism for the New 
Orleans area. #86 is an anti-war issue, including a long article on 
nonviolence and an insert from the local coalition against the war. 
#87 has more activism and events, along with thoughts on why the 
anti-war movemen t is easier to ignore this time ar ound.(HL-20/MG) 

DIARIST'S JOURNAL #38 ($3 from 102 W. Water St., Lansford, 
PA 18232): Just what the title says; this one focuses on diaries. In 
addition to some articles about journal-keeping and famous diaries, 
it carries many excerpts. These range from recorded anonymous 
notes to bits of the lives of famous people. All manner of folks 
show up here, laying out the details of their lives for others to see. 
(T-32t/MG) _ 

THE DICK E. BIRD NEWS Vol.4 #8-9 ($12/12 issues from PO 
Box 277, Acme, MI 49610): Family-style humor and lighthearted 
periodical paying countless homages to the bird, the squirrel and 
many other cute and fuzzy objects. There's also tips on birdwatching 
and loving, with notes on the floo-floo, the chad, as well as old 
favorites hawk and dove. Don't look too hard for serious 
enlightenment; you may not find it, but you'll have a real good 
time, yessir. (T-16t/CG)_ 

THE DILATORY MEANDER Vol. 3 #3 (Donation from Carl 
Bettis, PO Box 32631, Kansas City, MO 64111): Formerly THE 
MONTHLY MEANDER, which Carl has renamed to recognize the 
fact that it comes out when it wants to. This is a place for 
evolutionary anarchists to discuss their ideas about the future and 
nonviolent change. Quiet and supportive, and looking for more 
writers. (L-6t/MG) 

DISCOMBOBULATION #7 ($1.50 from PO Box 240474, Mont¬ 
gomery, AL 36124-0474): A little of everything with plenty of 
humorous overtones. There's a comic about rain forest, brainstorming 
on how to increase the number of people willing to donate blood? 
and a Weinman booklet. Santa muses on the sad state of the world 
and there's a serious piece about war. Pretty entertaining. (HL-24/MG) 

DISCUSSION BULLETIN #46 (Donation from PO Box 1564, 
Grand Rapids, MI 49501): A forum for the discussion of libertarian 
socialism and various other currently-fringe political positions. Some 
people contribute nitpicking critiques of one another, others are into 
grand planning for the future, still others continue classic debates. 
Marxism vs. Anarchism, for example, is having another revival here. 
(HL-28r/MG) _ 

□DISSONANCE #1 ($1.25 from Leif Hunneman, 14 Louis St., 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901): From Rutgers University and beyond, 
a new zine detailing life in New Brunswick, some music new and 
reviews, and political commentary. If you live in New Brunswick 
or attend Rutgers, you'll recognize some familiar names and places 
to go; if not, you'll be satisfied with the software review (SimEarth) 
and the very funny guide to attending a Skinny Puppy concert. 
(S-23/CG) 

DISTURBING DREAMS & DRIED BLOOD #7 (50* from 43 
Front St., Lititz, PA 17543): A mix of music zine, weird creativity, 
and who knows what else. White Boy gets in a few words edgewise 
here, there are zine and music reviews, and a bunch of poetry. 
Elaine Cooney does some real disturbing short story work as well. 
(S-16/MG) _ 

□DON'T PULL PRESS NEWSLETTER #1 (One stamp from PO 
Box 4472, Long Beach, CA 90804-0472): An introductory newsletter 
of goings-on and projects for the Don't Pull Press people. These 
include feeding the homeless in a more organized manner, anti-war 
demonstrations, saving the earth and other newsletters—mainly one 
entitled [SUBJURBAN PROPANE . There are also benefit tape 
compilations (free to prisoners), clothes drives, and reprints of various 
mainstream stories that provoked the editors for one reason or 
another. (S-4/CG) 

DRAFT Notices Vol.12 #2 ($$12/yr from COMD, POBox 15195, 
San Diego, CA 92165): From the Committee Opposed to Militarism 
and the Draft, this issue has much on the Gulf war ("What Did We 
Learn?"), some mistakes made early on in the peace movement, 
what to do if the FBI comes and a piece on how horribly history 
may repeat itself. (S-10/CG) 

□DREAMLAND”# 1 ($1 (?) from Rich, PSC #3798, Loring AFB, 

ME 04751): An engaging new journal of dreaming and dream recall, 
much of it influenced by the work of Stephen LaBerge of the Lucidity 
Institute. Contributors send in their recollections and dream responses 
(anonymity is guaranteed) for either release or to contact others. A 


reprint of LaBerge's "Dream Recall" article is included, with tips on 
how to better remember your dreams. Some of the dreams are 

pretty intense. (D- 12/CG) _ 

THE DREAMWEAVER Vol. 2 #2 ($1 from Ladyhawk, PO Box 
150692, Fort Worth, TX 76108): A zine that straddles the pagan and 
New Age communities, seeking for and acting on a positive life 
path. There is plenty of mandala-like art with Native American flavor 
to it, plus articles on crystals, herbs and more. There's a long 
thoughtful piece o n vegetarianism in this issue as well. (D-36t/MG) 
□DREAMWORLDNEWS #1 ($2 & large SASE from 3680 17th St. 
#3, San Francisco, CA 94114): This one has a new and strange 
premise: a journalistic reporting of dreams. The result is a cross 
between the serious and the surreal, rife with stories like "Located 
- God's Printing Plant" and "On-Field Vendors: New Factor in 
Mexican Soccer". Careful desktop layout in the service of the 

exceedingly bizarre . (S-16t/MG) _ 

DREAD TIMES Spring 1991 ($1 from Identity By Mail, 4245-3dth 
Hehi Rd, Lihue, HI 96766): "News for the Nazarite", this one is for 
Rastas everywhere. It is slowly unfolding some basic doctrinal 
knowledge, along with bits of suppressed African-American history 
and notes on cont emporary reggae music. (L-6/MG ) 

DRIFT #11 ($1 (?) from Suite 424-280 Dundas St., Toronto, ONT, 
M5A 3W1, CANADA): A collection of mail art, essays, and other 
junk. DRIFT these days seems to be mostly into passing things 
along, from notes on the hassles of being a smoker to plans for a 

Demon Eater. Mil dly puzzling. (S-6/MG) _ 

DRIVE-IN CADAVER #16 ($1 from Katrina Kelly, PO Box 624, 
Sherburne, NY 13460): The zine name changes every issue, but don't 
worry because you should leave it off your envelope anyhow. Inside 
this issue are some strange and disgusting short stories, people's 
lists of things they would like to get now that the postal rates have 

gone up, and a b ackwards cow. (HL-12/MG) _ 

THE DROOD REVIEW OF MYSTERY #105-106 ($2 from PO Box 
8872, Boston, MA 02114): A zine of reviews of new mysteries, 
sensitively written, plus assorted book-related features. #105 has a 
list of ten novels from 1990 you should be sure to hunt down, 
writers' profiles of Bob Cook and Leonard Tourney, and of course 
plenty of reviews. #106 looks at baseball mysteries as well as SF 
mysteries using AI as a plot element. (S-16t/MG) 

DUMARS REVIEWS #10 ($2 from Denise Dumars, PO Box 810, 
Hawthorne, CA 90251): This is Denise's own personal reviewzine, 
and she does an excellent job with it (though other publishers should 
note she chooses material to review, and doesn't touch most 
unsolicited stuff). Besides books and zines and movies, there are 
restaurants and occult sources here, along with editorials on peace 

and more. (D-32/MG)'_ 

THE DUPLEX PLANET #112 ($1.50 from David Greenberger, PO 
Box 1230, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866): Interviews with older people, 
conducted with charm and grace. This one is a special collection, 
entirely of the wisdom of William "Fergie" Ferguson, who talked 
to David many times over the years before his death. Great reading. 

(D-16/MG) _ 

EARTHDOG NEWS Vol. 1 #6 ($6/yr from Marie Mundaca do 
Snevil, JAF Box 8274, New York, NY 10116-4651): The fan club 
newsletter for Fred Norris, a regular on Howard Stem's outrageous 
NYC radio show. If you live there and listen, this is probably funny 
as hell. For those of us outside broadcast range, it appears as a 

series of inscrutabl e injokes. (S-8t/MG) _ 

THE EAST SIDE VARIABLE Vol. 4 #2 ($1 (?) from Yosef Braude, 
147 Elton St., Providence, RI 02906): A community paper taking an 
independent look at what's going on in the East side of Providence. 
Besides short vignettes of the area, this one has a discussion of a 
meeting between the Mayor and some local merchants, plus notes 
on various community troubles. (S-4t/MG) 

ECOSOCIALIST REVIEW Spring 1991 ($8/yr from DSA, 1608 N. 
Milwaukee, 4th FI., Chicago, IL 60647): A zine for those who believe 
that socialism is the most promising path to cleaning up the 
environment. This issue takes a look at the Great Lakes bioregion, 
suggesting that capitalist governments have made as much progress 
as they're going to. There is also a bit on the socialist government 
of Ontario and advice on building labor/environmental coalitions. 

(S-16t/MG) _ 

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155 Second St., Cambridge, MA 02141): This is the newsletter of 
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group whose work in civilizing 
the electronic frontier I value and respect very highly. They are 
trying very hard to make the application of law in telecommunications 
more rational, and to get everyone from hackers to Congressmen 
talking. If you are at all concerned about civil rights and 
data —including the screen I'm typing these words on—you need this 

one. (0-4t/MG) _ 

EGGHEAD #5 ($1.50 CASH!Stamps from Donna Nicolino, 2161 
Burroughs St., San Diego, CA 92111): A zine of essays, comics, and 
other opinions. Donna herself explains why she is not an anarchist 
though she is sympathetic to anarchist ideals, and passes on a great 
deal of info on the Persian Gulf. Dennis Brezina has an excellent 
essay on staying connected to the Earth, while Adam Bergman 
contributes several bizarre bits of youthful writing. Food for thought. 

(S-33t/MG) _ 

□ELEMENT #1 ($4 from 888 Dupont St. #407, Toronto, ONT, 
M6G 1Z8, CANADA): A new collection of poetry and artwork. They 
feature weird collages, high-intensity underground corporate grafix 
fun, railing against the system, and dreamy fits oof unreason. Lots 
of chances being ta ken here, with some promising r esults. (S-80/MG) 
/ v ELEVENTH PIN #3 (75* from Cyclone Publications, 2623 Ashton 

v ^ Ln., Dayton, OH 45420-2721): The eleventh pin continues its travels, 
I'yviNwAthough it's looking a bit worn around the edges. This bowling pin 
Finds itself in the foreground of photos of all manner of things, 
from a moonwalk to an imposing building to a Nativity scene to a 
bulldozer. A strange experiment in unified photography. Comes with 
a plastic bowling pin attached to every issue. (M- 20/MG) 

□THE ELY FIREFLY #5 ($5/6 months from 413 N. 10th Ave. E., 
Ely, MN 55731): A serious newsletter of opinion and community 
news. They look at the encroachment of Christianity as a state 
religion in this country, wonder about the victims of the war in 
Iraq, and discuss a problem in the local school district. There's also 
a short story and an advice column. (5-6/MG) 

ENDEAVOR Vol. 1 #6 (Donation from PO Box 23511, Houston, 
TX 77228-3511): This one is devoted to the abolition of the death 
penalty, and is written primarily by prisoners on death row in 
various spots across the country. They report on the dehumanizing 
ways prisoners are treated, track abolition attempts, and report on 

the rising number of executions. (T-8r/MG) _ 

ENTROPY #17 (2 29* stamps from 136A Carl, San Francisco, CA 
94117): A collection of art, rambling around the issue of censorship. 
Plenty of military commanders in here, along with faded fortune 
cookies, a thousand points of light, and your own tarot card. Great 

yowling 1984ish c over. (D-16/MG) _ 

EOTU Apr. 1991 ($4 from 1810 VV. State #115, Boise, ID 83702): 
A litmag that has done a lot of work out at the margins. This is a 
SF issue, with Gregory Fitz Gerald's eerie "One of Us" standing 
out, a tale of paranoia in a hospital setting, Bruce Boston's "Curse 
of the Alien's Wife" is also quite good. Little bits of prose and some 
confusing visual p oetry also sneak in here. (D-60t/ MG) 

□THE EPHEMERALIST Uncensored Issue ($2 & Age Statement 
from M. Kalish, PO Box 1347, Phoenix, AZ 85001): This particular 
issue of this litzine is devoted to censorship and objectionable 
material—everything from an account by Shane Paul of some of his 
hassles to reprinted nudie pictures. There is lots of sex here, and 

too little examination 
of issues. (S-20/MG) 
EPISODES 
QUARTERLY May 
91 ($2 from Bill W. 
Miller, 607 E. 
Cherry, Watseka, IL 
60970): The tail end 
of the horror serial 
"Dorian, A Witch" 
appears in this third 
issue. All the loose 
ends get wrapped up 
in a lot of magical 
battling, vampires, 
pentagrams, familiar 
cats and more. (S- 
32/MG) 


THE ESSEMIAN WAY Vol. 11 #1 ($40 membership [make check 
payable to Service of Mankind Church] from SMC, Membership 
Dept., PO Box 1407, San Francisco, CA 94101): "The theology of 
surrender to the Darkside Goddess" is the subtitle of this quarterly 
whose members and contributors are dedicated to goddess worship 
and Shaktism through Tantric Yoga. Which also means that there 
seems to be quite a solid and happy following of submissive men 
and dominant women. The articles explore the relationships in terms 
of goddess worshi p, leather, historical origins and fa ntasy. (S-39t/CG) 
ETHEL THE AARDVARK #34 (A$15/6 issues overseas from 
MSFC, PO Box 212, Melbourne, Victoria 3005, AUSTRALIA): A down 
under sf zine for hardcores and novices. Plenty of book reviews 
and new from cons around the world. There's also talk about various 
sf awards (from Australia and beyond), L. Ron Hubbard's Writers 
of the Future Contest, and most recently a ballot for the Down 
Under Fan Fund—created to establish close links with fans in North 
America by sendin g representatives to cons abroad . (S-43/CG) 
EUROPEAN TRASH CINEMA Vol. 2 #2 ($3 from PO Box 5367, 
Kingwood, TX 77325): A zine concentrating on exciting and unknown 
films from Europe—mondo, b-movies, you name it. It's looking good 
today, with typesetting and photos, a far cry from it's humble 
beginnings. There's everything from French semi-torture films to 
Italian westerns he re, all covered seriously and with love. (D-46t/MG) 
EUSKADI INFORMATION #3 ($20/4 issues from EKIN, Apdo, 
1005, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, SPAIN): A slick journal recounting the 
continued Basque struggle for independence from Spain. They cover 
Basque history and current culture, but the focus is definitely on 
revolution. On that end, they have features on both the continuing 
armed struggle and political negotiations between the ETA and the 

Spanish governme nt. (A4-34t/MG) _ 

EVEN PARANOIACS CAN HAVE ENEMIES ($4.Qp or trade plus 
Age Statement from Box 129, Dekalb, IL 60115): An absolutely 
gruesome and fearless zine. Mixed collages, body parts spurting out 
of everywhere, suicide notes and the most ghastly and yet riveting 
story about a man with a tapeworm. (HL-24/CG) 

EXPERIMENT IN WORDS Vol.2 #6 ($6/3 issues from Robert W. 
Howington, PO Box 470186, Fort Worth, TX 76147): Cutting down 
on his publishing ventures, but still seeking experimental works, 
Howington gathers together some pretty diverse talent in this litmag. 
Of note is an essay by CharlesA. Long on television and literacy. 
There are also a couple of video reviews of Back Street Jane and Bible 
of Skin and the general feeling that he's not really into it anymore. 

(S-16/CG) _ 

□EXPLORER RAG Vol. 2 #7-Vol. 3 #1 (2 stamps from Matt 
Bergstrom, 5115 Gladstone Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55419): The 
masthead notation on this one is "Explore your neighborhood. There 
are neat places near you!" and the writers here explore a lot of 
neighborhoods. #7 has a report from a trip to Graceland and a look 
at highway design in East St. Louis. #1 includes an anti-war 
demonstration in San Francisco and a unique toy shop. (S-4t/MG) 
EXTRA Vol. 4 #2 ($2.50 from 175 Fifth Ave. #2245, New York, 
NY 10010): This one focuses on the biases in the media, as seen 
from a liberal point of view. #2 is a "special women's issue" covering 
everything from the lack of women in executive media positions to 
gender bias in professional sports announcing. Obviously there is 
still a great deal of room for improvement and gender consciousness 

in the major medi a. (S-16t/MG) _ 

EXTRAORDINARY SCIENCE Vol.2 #4 ($20/4 issues from PO Box 
5636, Security, CO 80931): Science from the edges, a fascinating look 
at some of the more unknown, undiscovered and unheard of practices 
in the science field. Tesla technology is further discussed along with 
hydrogen economy (wherein it is defined), water power and the 
case of the man framed after having claimed to build a hydrogen 
car, electrochemistry, close encounters and what to do if you have 
them, and an elucidation of exactly how the telephone works. 

(S-40/CG) _ 

4FACTSHEET #1 (Free from Poets for Peace & Justice, PO Box 
32631, Kansas City, MO 64111): I'm sure a postage donation would 
help. This is a collection of facts about the Persian Gulf, in Q&A 
form—things like "How many foreign maids did the average 
household in Kuw ait employ (pre-invasion)? 2.2" ( L-2t/MG) 

FANS OF HORROR #11 ($2 from Joseph Olszewski Jr., 2802 
Shelley Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19152): A zine for movie buffs that 
fits in stuff like a recipe fo r fake blood in between reviews. There's 



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"...leaps forward with strange & 
experimental prose & poetry." 

—FACTSHEET FIVE 
Bukowski, Sollfrey, Grey, Musick 
Townsend, Weinman, Niditch, Bob Z 
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also an interview with artist Barry Brandon, a fat section of letters, 
and an account of trying (unsuccessfully) to get a job in the movies 
here. (S-40/MG) _ 

FANTASY FEDERATION Vol. 2 #9 ($3/3 issues from Jeff Cohen, 
50 Shelley Ln., Great Neck, NY 11023): This is a zine for every 
wrestling fan who has ever dreamed of being a booker. In it, Jeff 
and friends give play by play commentary on wrestling matches 
that never actually happened—like Andre the Giant and Giant Baba 
vs. the Road Warr iors, just one of many in this i ssue. (S-8r/MG) 

FAR CORNER Vol. 1 #4 (50tf from Obscure Research Labs, PO 
Box 15266, Santa Rosa, CA 95402): A zine of weirdology and UFOs 
and similar topics. This issue reports on a reader survey, visits the 
metaphysics and technology of The Matrix, and has a list of strange 
zines to write away to. (D-8r/MG) 

FARM YARN Jan.-Feb./Mar. 1991 (Donation from Gould Farm, 
Monterey, MA 01245): A collection of writing from Gould Farm, a 
place where people with psychiatric problems can live in a community 
setting. There is poetry here, and prose, and art. Subjects range 
from the daily routine of the farm to the genesis of the Mandelbrot 
set. (S-17/MG) _ 

□FAST...HARD #1-2 (IRCs from Christopher, 15 Bellegrove Close, 
Welling, Kent, DA16 3RG, UK): A zine of strange fiction, stories 
that live about ten minutes in the future. The concept of beginning 
and end takes a beating here, but characterization and background 
are strong, and there are plenty of jarring moments here. The new 
literary direction o f the nineties? (D-12r/MG) _ 

FATAL VISIONS #10 ($4.50 from PO Box 133, Northcote, Vic., 
3070 AUSTRALIA): A zine of movies with plenty of reviews of 
things from Blue Steel to Phantom of the Opera. They've got an 
interview with Gerard Schaefer, more of Jack Stevenson's European 
tour, and a page or two of Troma. Nice production and writing 
here. (A4-34t/MG) __ 

THE FELIX LETTER #57 ($2 from Clara Felix, PO Box 7094, 
Berkeley, CA 94707): "A Commentary on Nutrition" that takes some 
of the latest news and boils it down to easy to understand chunks. 
Much of this issue is focused on the importance of maintaining a 
proper Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acid ration in the diet, including 
a look at the evidence that this may be good for preventing various 
diseases. (S-4t/MG) 

FESTERING BRAINSORE #A-B ($1 from David R. Williams, PO 
Box 84, Buffalo, NY 14212): A zine of grossness and gore. They've 
got a long review of Pink Flamingos, Gaither pix, comics by Michael 
Diana, and so on. Something to ring the gorge rising to the back 
of your throat. (S-10/MG) 

THE FICTION REVIEW #10 ($4 from PO Box 72939, Roselle, IL 
60172): A collection of more or less experimental writing. It starts 
out with a kick in the stomach, one of the last pieces of the late 
Lorri Jackson, which reads as a sort of surreal suicide note, glimpses 
of a shattering life. Jake Berry, Neil S. Kvern and Jack Foley are 
among the language players here, each appearing with their own 
photo. (D-38/MG) 

FIFTH ESTATE Spring 1991 ($1.50 from PO Box 02548, Detroit, 
MI 48201): This anarchist tabloid features, as I expected, some of 
the best of the anti-war analysis going on; their take on this as a 
"war for war" is definitely worth reading. They also go after Leninist 
tendencies in the anarchist movement and continue to critique 
technology and the megamachine, sometimes in straightforward 
manner, sometime s more poetically. (T-32t/MG) 

FILM THREAT VIDEO GUIDE #2 ($2.50 from PO Box 3170, 
Los Angeles, CA 90078-3170): A zine of strange and underground 
video—many of which the nice people at Film Threat headquarters 
will be happy to sell to you. Besides reviews, this issue wanders 
on to the set of The Doors, reports on how to get banned in Canada, 
and interviews videomaker Frank Garvey. All manner of bizarre 
stuff lurks in thes e pages. (S-80t/MG) _ 

FIREHEART #6 ($7/2 issues from POBox 462, Maynard, MA 
01754): An outstanding pagan glossy publication rooted in magick 
and spiritual transformation. The issue's theme is "Myth, Magic and 
the Making of Religion." Editor Myrriah Lavin writes nobly about 
being human and the need to develop your own spirituality in order 
to get through the rough times. There's a roundtable discussion on 
the pagan clergy, an interview with veteran witch Doreen Valiente 
and more. (S-74t/CG)_ 


FIVE O'CLOCK CHARLIE #2 ($1 from 355 62nd St., Oakland, 
CA 94618): A collection of short stories, most apparently with at 
least some relation to reality, though perhaps not consensus reality. 
Childhood terror, a recipe for cooking common garden snails, curious 
parties, and opera tion MK-ULTRA all show up he re. (D-28t/MG) 
□FLYPAPER #1 (50[cents] from 300 W. Bosley, Alpena MI 49707): 
An unusual and fun idea—reducing music posters in a mini. These 
are actual reduced posters featuring bands in the Metro Detroit area 
(but looking to expand), and no musical style is featured prominently. 
It's the artliness of the posters that is important to the editor. 
(M-20/CG) 

FOCUSING IN ON THE MAN IN THE MOON #5 ($1 from Sal 
Robert Pauciello, 9 Stanley St., Irvington, NJ 07111): A litzine which, 
in this issue, adds a strong anti-war presence, including a reprint 
of some material from the Coalition to Stop US Intervention in the 
Middle East. There is artwork by Steve Sneyd, some short poetry, 
and political cartooning as well. (S-20/MG) 

F.O.D.! #2 ($4.00 from Urania 235, POBox 136, Station P, Toronto, 
Ontario M5S 2S7, CANADA): An unbelievable array of fringe all 
under one cover: "Chaossification," taking the mystery out of phone 
sex, reviews of every sort, coffee and its sycophants, weird comics, 
interviews, fiction, rants, tatooing, mainstream paper clippings, 
UFO's...it goes on and on. I've only touched on the basics here—but 
almost all of it is deep and fascinating. Where does he find the 

time? (S-64/CG) _ 

FOETUS ACID #6 ($2 (?) from 7264 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 
CA 90046): A collection of miscellaneous madness from the 
underground. Short poetry, a story about pollution in Lake Ontario, 
Sesame Street porno and a rude letter from Shirley Jones are among 
the offerings. There are also instructions on homemade stinkbombs 

and rage about so ciety. (S-40/MG) _ * 

' FOGTOWN RAG Vol. 1 #1 ($1 (?) from PO Box 170083, San 
Francisco, CA 94117): Free locally, but they seem to have neglected 
a mail order price. This is something of an alternative litmag: a 
fossil on the cover, essays about knowledge and family structure, 
strange graphics, music reviews and more. They compare meditation 
and booze as stress-relievers and put together an article on the 

mythology of the constellations. (D-20t/MG) _ 

FOLLOW, FOLLOW #17 ($10/6 issues from PO Box 539, Glasgow, 
Gil 7LT, UK): This is a football (British) zine for fans of the Glasgow 
Rangers. As such, it is more or less impenetrable to we Yanks, 
except perhaps for a few diehard sports fans. Well-assembled and 
seemingly possess ed of a great community spirit. (D-32t/MG) 

FOLLY #5-6 (The Usual from Arnie Katz, 330 S. Decatur #152, 
Las Vegas, NV 89107): A SF zine from a long-gafiated fan, now 
back and enjoying fannish waters once again. Along with Arnie's 
own stuff, #5 has a great article from Joe Walcott about the real 
Secret Masters of Fandom...hopefully they will not suppress further 
distribution. #6 has further discussion of numbered fandoms, the 
Bergeron wars, and other fannish esoterica. (S-14/MG) 

FOOD FOR BIRDS, PEOPLE FOR PROFIT #9 ($2 (?) from 
Mid-Coast Sub-Church of Paranoia, RFD 279, Rockland, ME 04841): 
A collection of writings, many on the drug war, from all over the 
place. There are extensive notes on inappropriate sentencing, some 
hyperoxygenation therapy from Waves Forrest, a weird "Viral 
Conspiracy" rant, and plenty more. One of the stranger backwaters 
of the remaining counterculture. (S-48/MG) 

□FOOD FOR THOUGHT #1 ($2 from R. Seth Friedman, 25 W. 
Thirteenth St. #5-N-N, New York, NY 10011): A new, fun, and 
amusing zine of cooking. There are several mouthwatering vegetarian 
recipes here, intermixed with bits of chit-chat; sort of like visiting a 
close friend and hanging around in the kitchen while he cooks. 
There's also a fascinating essay from someone in prison about how 
he cooks. Recommended. (D-16t/MG) 

FOOTSTEPS Vol.5 #4 ($10/yr membership from PATHWAYS, 
Drawer 707, Derby, KS 67037-0707): The official newsletter of 
PATHWAYS, a New-Age organization which is spiritual and also 
offers items for sale, including astrological charts and crystal 
poultices. This is their last issue for awhile, but members will still 
be informed on current projects and sales. Editorials include leaving 
the Age of Love for the Age of Light, "What's a New Ager, 
Anyway?" and The Symptoms of Inner Peace. (D-ll/CG) 

FOR YOUR SKULL #22 (30<t & a stamp from PO Box 481051, 






























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Los Angeles, CA 90048): A zine of underground art and underground 
artists. This one has interviews with Karen Platt (of DOLO ROMY) 
and Joe E. (as conducted by his own brain). There is also a variety 
of funky underground art, including of course more skulls from 

Carrie and friends. (D-16/MG) _ 

FOSFAX #154 ($2 from FOSFA, PO Box 37281, Louisville, KY 
40233-7281): A fat SF-zine that discusses everything from the revised 
and expanded STRANGER IN A STRANGE l AND to the order of 
battle for Operation Desert Storm. The lettercolumn continues to be 
the largest single feature, with fans and pros arguing about the 
world, politics, and everything else. (S-64t/MG) 

FRACTAL REPORT 14 ($23/6 issues from J. de Rivaz, West 
Towan House, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8AX, UK): A journal 
of fractals and programming for the interested amateur. This issue 
has some lovely full-page images, some Chebyshev polynomials, 
Sierpinski curves, and plenty more. Includes various bits of code 
and pseudocode. (A4-20t/MG) 

FRANKFORT'S ALTERNATIVE INDEX Vol. 95 #8-13 (20/yr from 
PO Box 183, Frankfort, KS 66427): A weekly progressive paper for 
Kansans and concerned others. #9 looks at FEMA and the 
preparations for possible martial law in this country. #11 reports 
that Amnesty International has officially recognized one of the US 
servicemen who refused to fight in the Gulf as a prisoner of 
conscience. In #12 they reprint a message received on their affiliated 
computer BBS from a correspondent in the Soviet Union. #13 reports 
that the Army broke their own rules in some of the orders putting 
Desert Storm in motion. (T-8t/MG) 

FREDERICK'S LAMENT #1-2 (4 stamps from Pollination Press, 
PO Box 359, Harvest, AL 35749-0359): A collage of advertising, 
subliminals, condom instructions, bits of books, and more. It's 
apparently intended to explore fantasy passing as reality, with special 
attention to cutting up ad images and juxtaposing them in new (and 

perhaps suggestive ) ways. (S-20/MG) _ 

FREEDOM WRITER Vol. VIII #2 (On Reuquest from Institute 
for First Amendment Studies, PO Box 589, Great Barrington, MA 
01230): A newsletter from a group fighting to keep the Churches 
from running the state. This time they talk mostly about a couple 
of radical Christian organizations making a concerted effort to get 
their members on public school boards. (S-4t/MG) 

FREE INQUIRY Vol. 11 #2 ($5 from PO Box 5, Buffalo, NY 
14215): A magazine of freethough and unabashed secular humanism. 
This issue has a fine essay from Alan Dershowitz on upholding the 
wall between church and state, a look at Reconstructionism from 
Skipp Porteus, and an examination of the Humanist dimensions of 
Unitarianism. (S-60t/MG) 

FRICTION Vol. 3 #1 ($8/4 issues from Mark W. Doyon, 6130 
Calico Pool Ln., Burke, VA 22015): A literary "Quasi-quarterly" with 
a taste for stories with a bit of spin on them. Take "Gunga's Dinner 


fSG£ IMlflE PimmY 0F/tRT: 
IMPRESS loti I5M VS- EXm&lOMltM 



(the Kiplinger Letter)" which, despite the overly-cute title, is actually 
a very nice droll story about a teenage job. There is plenty more 
here, including an oddball eulogy and a story of college obsession. 

(S-lOt/MG) _ 

FRIENDS OF PEACE PILGRIM #12 (Donation from 43480 Cedar 
Ave., Hemet, CA 92344): A newsletter of the continuing message 
of Peace Pilgrim, the lady who lived simply while crossing the 
country on foot and preaching a message of peace. She inspired 
many, and a number of them get together here to further spread 

the message. (S-8t /MG) _ 

FROM THE MOUNTAIN Jan.-Feb. 1991 ($15 donation from PO 
Box 488, Byron, MI 48418): Ideology and news reports from whites 
and other clansmen. They take note of current goings-on in the 
nation, "reject the urban areas" and other metropolitan centers in 
favor of "controlling" the more loosely populated areas. They also 
give advice on starting your own clan, give out awards to the wife 
of Tom Metzger and reprint photos, the scariest of which was the 
little boy wearing the klan costume. (D-20r/CG) 

FTT #11 (£1 or The Usual from Judith Hanna and Joseph Nicholas, 
5A Frinton Road, Stamford Hill, London N15 6NH, UK): A science 
fiction zine that delights in political discussions and careful 
debate—well, sometimes in sloppy debate too, thanks to an active 
lettercol. This one leads off with Judith's winter birdwatching, 
proceeds through a visit to Egypt to Joseph's prowling about several 
history books, and along the way spends quite a few pages on 
feminism and related topics. (A4-34/MG) 

FUGITIVE POPE Vol. 2 #2 ($1 CASH/Stamps from Raleigh Clayton 
Muns, 3338 Sawtelle Blvd. #20, Los Angeles, CA 90066): This is a 
special number of this bimonthly, devoted this time around to death. 
It chronicles several famous (or infamous, depending on how you 
look at it) cemeteries, visits the tomb Of Jim Morrison, and shows 
off some Sicilian mummies. There is a list of past necrophiles and 
a survey for readers to send in accounts of their own necrophiliac 
activity too. (D-24/MG) 

FULL DISCLOSURE #22 ($18/12 issues from PO Box 903, 
Libertyville, IL 60048): A continued great tabloid on electronic 
invasions of privacy, government abuses of individual rights, and 
related topics. This issue has a lot on the law enforcement pursuit 
of hackers and BBS operators, plus a court decision on dumpster 
diving, "The Death of the Blue Box", info on traffic radar, mail 
surveillance, and much more. (T-16t/MG) 

□FULL-TIME DADS #1 ($18/6 issues from PO Box 12773, St. 
Paul, MN 55112-0773): A new zine for fathers who consider taking 
care of the kids their mairr responsibility in life. This first issue reads 
mostly like a support group in print, with articles about men's 
feelings, getting to know other Housefathers, and the ongoing 
changes in American culture that make this a viable lifestyle. 
(S-241/MG) _ 

FUNKAPOTAMUS #2 (1 stamp and a letter from Jerome, 4966 
Deepwood Ct., St. Louis, MO 63128): A zine of art, in a sort of 
psychedelic-coloring book fashion, for the most part. There are some 
weird ideas lurking in Jerome's head, and the splatter all over the 
pages here. Even i ncludes a personal note to the r eader. (D-20/MG) 
FUNMARE INK #3 ($2 CASH/Stamps from Donna Han, 627 Taylor 
St. #21, San Francisco, CA 94102): Collaged material that functions 
somewhat as a roadmap of the underground. It leads off with some 
detourned comics, then moves into porn, anarchy, the oppression 
of time and other goodies, all linked by highways of words and 
drawings. (D-28/MG) 

FUNNY PAGES #19-20 ($1 plus SASE from POBox 317025, 
Dayton, OH 45431): Jokes of every sort—you know, the kind that 
are told in a bar when you run out of conversation or pass around 
at the office. Tasteless, Helen Keller, Iraq, Easter Bunny, Sex—you 
name it. #19 has the results of the reader's poll, which indicates 
that Joe Workman is doing just what his readers want him to. 
(S-10/CG) _ 

FUSE Winter 1991 ($15/yr from 1st FL, 183 Bathurst St., Toronto, 
ONT, M5T 9Z9, CANADA): A zine of the arts and social issues, 
professionally done and focused on Canada. This issue includes 
coverage of the annual Gay Games, plus a great article from Sandra 
Carpenter on how people with disabilities fit in (or don't fit in). 
Good coverage of alternative films, too. (S-48t/MG) 

THE GAME'S AFOOT #5 ($10/6 issues from Zirlinson Publishing, 




















































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Peter Lamborn Wilson on the Moorish Science Temple and Islamic Satanism 
Terence McKenna on the World's Most Mysterious Manuscript... 

Jacob Needleman on Gurdjiett and the Fourth Way... 

Caitlin Matthews on Sophia and The Grail... 

Tim O'Neill on Sex Magick and Astral Rituals... 

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Awards two years in a row; and has found over 24,000 
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1036 Glacier Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044): A zine for those interested 
in serious discussion of roleplaying games. This issue has a scenario 
for Twilight:2000, but the focus is more on discussion of what makes 
a good game and how to make a good game better. Crime in the 
future, sex in games and esoteric characters are among the topics 
reviewed here. (HS-16t/MG) 

GAMUT #32 ($15/3 issues from 1218 Fenn Tower, Cleveland State 
University, Cleveland, OH 44115): A little of everything in a 
contemporary journal for the inquisitive mind. A few features of 
#32: memories of yo-yos past, an excavation at the only Revolutionary 
War fort in Ohio, a proposal to reorganize major-league sports, the 
language of the Babylonians & Assyrians, and the joys of eating 
weeds. (S-96t/MG) 

GARY MONSTER MAGAZINE #13 ($3 from 311 Palmerston 
Blvd., Toronto, ONT, M6G 2N5, CANADA): This is the "Batchick" 
issue of this zine of popular culture and collage, with lots of pictures 
of Batgirl. There are also shoes, hurricanes, news clippings, and 
random collages. A lot of obscurities. (D-64r/MG) 

THE GATE Apr. 1991 ($8/4 issues from PO Box 43518, Richmond 
Heights, OH 44143): A collection of paranormal experiences, Fortean 
miscellanea, and historical reviews of the same. They've got 
everything from squirrels on the rampage to spiritual smells to a 
look at a famous UFO case in this issue. (S-16/MG) 

GAY COMMUNITY NEWS Vol.18 #31-37 ($39/49 issues from 62 
Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116): The leading gay and lesbian 
community periodical, they are a source for related stories locally 
and nationally. In the interests of Black History Month, much of 
#31 is dedicated to the gay/lesbian of color experience, among which 
is a leading story about the possibility of AZT-use being less effective 
for people of color. Other issues contain news about apparent splits 
of ACTTJP!, police raids on lesbian parties, and the usage of the 
word "homosexual." #36 is their parody issue (half of it), called 
"Queer Community News," in which they make fun of themselves 
and everyone else, including Barbra Streisand. I loved the piece on 
"Sapphist Sex Fiends of the Seventies." (T-20t/CG) 

GAY FETISH TIMES Anniversary issue ($2 (?) from Sirco, PO 


Box 14425, San Francisco, CA 94114): This one is mainly a catalog 
for Sirco, an outfit that specializes in out of the ordinary films for 
gay men. Perhaps their most famous title is Piss Pig (now up to 
five volumes); others include Sirco Bears , Vacuum Pup Orgy and Never 
Too Old. The tabloid also has some short interviews and notations 
about the safety of some of these practices. (T-8t/M G) 

GENERATION X #5 ($6 from 1 South View, Mexborough, S. 
Yorkshire, S64 9NE, UK): The successor to NEIGHBOURHOOD 
WATCH, this one is packed with reviews and articles from the 
fringes, as well as a hard-vinyl EP (copies without the EP may be 
had for $3) of music from Little Brother. Inside you'll find zine 
reviews, Betty Page, Traci Lords, Jabberwocky Graphix, albums, and 
ideas on putting out your own marginal product. Good contacts. 

(A4-24r/MG) _ 

GENII Vol. 54 #5-6 ($3 from PO Box 36068, Los Angeles, CA 
90036): From card tricks to elaborate illusions involving thousands 
of dollars' worth of props, this one is for the professional stage 
magician. #5 looks at some of the magic of Stewart James, contains 
plans for building a nice prop for your act, explains many sleights 
of hand and discusses jailbreaks. Grand fun. Randy Wakeman takes 
center stage in #6, which also features a historical note about 

Houdini's marriage . (S-64t/MG) _ 

GHOSTS & SCHOLARS #13 ($4 from Richard Fawcett, 61 
Teecomwas Dr., Uncasville, CT 06382): Fawcett is the US agent for 
this delightful British publication of ghost stories, mostly in the 
tradition of M.R. James—often with an academic setting. Rick 
Kennett's "The Windows" in this edition is well-done indeed, making 
good use of a contemporary setting for a new twist on an old tale. 

(D-40r/MG) _ 

□GIRLFRIENDS #1 ($4 from Paul R. Plaisance, Peripheral Press, 
PO Box 6920, Alexandria, VA 22306): A new zine for young 
transvestites, transsexuals and cross-dressers. It's emphasis is on 
no-nonsense advice, with the major article on this issue being 
straightforward advice on cross-dressing on a budget. They also 
reprint media images and mentions and opinions on freedom and 
labeling. (S-44/MG)_ 






















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GIRL JOCK #3 ($2.50 from Rox-A-Tronic Publishing, 2060 Third 
St., Berkeley, CA 94710): Once again a pleasure and an exercise in 
girl jocularity (pun intended). The editrix has discovered the joys of 
Pagemaker but is still filling many of the pages with adroit comics 
revealing the less serious side to being an athletic lesbian in the 
latter 20th century. Sunah Cherwin also offers two articles (not about 
jocks) describing both fashion and night life, there's the Adventures 
of Captain Comic (who is busy spreading the word about not 
spreading anything else), and Sarah Rosen's "The Base Hit," finally 
in season now with the coming of spring. (D-46/CG) 

GNOSIS #19 ($5 from PO Box 14217, San Francisco, CA 
94114-0217): GNOSIS is almost too large to be called a fanzine, but 
thansk to editor Jay Kinney and his strange vision I think it still 
retains some of the zine-nature. Billed as "A Journal of the Western 
Inner Traditions", it tackles the odder side of life on the fringes, 
with the current issue devoted to "The Trickster" and considering 
fools in areas as diverse as Islam , TV evangelism, and the Norse 
Tradition. There's even modern trickster Paul Krassner discussing 
his own epiphanies and a gossip column from the notorious Adam 
Weishaupt. (S-88t/MG)_ 

□GNU SNOOSE NEWS Vol. 1 #2 ($1.50 from D. Kingsley Hahn 
do Shields, 468 Dayton Ave. #9, St. Paul, MN 55102): Another zine 
devoted to collecting strange and unusual newspaper clippings, this 
time from the Twin Cities area. Disposable circumcision kits, bizarre 
Disney personnel practices, genital thefts and curious flag desecra¬ 
tions are among the subjects here. (S-8t/MG) 

GOLDEN PERILS #17 ($4 from Howard Hopkins, 5 Miliken Mills 
Rd., Scarboro, ME 04074): A zine for those who love the old pulp 
adventure and mystery series, and their offspring in more modern 
media. This is a special issue, devoted to the Green Hornet, with 
an emphasis on the television show but crossing over as well. 
Includes a complete episode listing and plenty of photos. (D-50r/MG) 

□GOOD GRUB FOR GOOD FOLKS #1 ($1 (?) from Male Omsip,' 
PO Box 54020, Cincinnati, OH 45254): A zine of random bits. The 
first issue has a short and silly interview with the Royal Crescent 
Mbo, an anti-Spam tirade, and a contest to design a tattoo for 
Maggie Thatcher. There's also an essay on toothpicks and a survey 
on "How do you feel about decapitation as a recreational sport?" 
(S-8/MG) 

G'RAFFITI Vol.4 #1-4 lSMENSA;G'RAFFITI($5/yr from Camelo¬ 
pard Society, POBox 18698, San Diego, CA 92176): Monthly 
publication from the Camelopards, an escaped group of Mensans 
who enjoy each other's company. They gossip and review books, 
tell jokes and stories, and plan events for themselves like Square 
Dancing and Cooking. There's also a bit of editorializing on matters 
such as the "Battle of the Sexes" in which we find out the toilet 
s^at is the root of all conflict. (S-23t/CG) 

GREAT EXPEDITIONS #65 ($18/5 issues from PO Box 8000-411, 
Sumas, WA 98295-8000): Off the beaten track travel magazine for 
the sturdy and adventurous. Lots of information pertaining to 
budgeting money, workcamps, driving and/or hiking, taking the kids 
with you (to China in this issue), off-season hot spots, and tips on 
traveling to places you've never even heard of. (S -46t/CG) 

GREEN ANARCHIST #26 (60p Sample issue from Box H, 34 
Cowley Road, Oxford 0X4 1HZ, ENGLAND): Strident anarchist news 
and opinion with lots of attention to the environment as well. They 
continue to report on the events at Stonehenge, news around the 
country and the world (the Mohawk seige and the jailing of hackers 
in Georgia), the follies of science, and gun usage in protecting rights. 
(S-24r/CG) 

□GREEN BRIGADES ECOLOGISTS PAPER #3 (Contact The 
Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian Univ., Karasia 3/100, 30 060 
Krakow, POLAND; Donations to The Foundation for Environmental 
Contact Eastern Europe, PO Box 5627, NL-1007 AP Amsterdam, 
Netherlands): The editors here request that donations be sent to the 
second address and you write them at the first one and let them 
know. It's an English-language paper revealing environmental 
problems, and the actions being taken to stop them, in Poland. 
Much of it is on opposing a new dam and on the growing Polish 
environmental movement. An excellent resource. (D-24r/MG) 

GREEN EGG #92 ($5 from PO Box 1542, Ukiah, CA 95482): A 
pagan journal that's been around for quite a long time, from the 
Church of All Worlds, an outfit that has an organized clergy, nests 
across the country, and so on. They also have a lot of news and 


opinion to pass along, as well as articles on peace, tantric work, 
the God/Dess of Parking Spaces, and what we can all do for Gaia. 
An overwhelming amount of information. (S-36t/MG) 

GREEN LINE Vol. V #6 ($9/yr from PO Box 144, Asheville, NC 
28802): A paper that's a good example of "think globally, act locally" 
in action. Concerned about the environment, they focus on 
conserving water, stopping uncontrolled growth in the Asheville 
area, and monitoring the County government. A solid piece of work. 
(T-28t/MG) 

GREEN MULTILOGUE Vol. 5 #6 ($3 from 390 Jones Ave., 
Toronto, ONT, M4J 3G3, CANADA): An apa for Canadian Greens 
activists and others interested in the Green movement. #6 is a special 
issue, featuring reprints of material from October 1986 through 
August 1990—sort of a fast-forward view of a growing, changing, 
sometimes argume ntative movement. (S-48/MG) 

□GREEN PAGES #2 (R50.00/yr from PO Box 72494, Parkview 
2122, SOUTH AFRICA): A relatively new journal of ecological 
matters. Coverage in this issue includes preservation of cycad trees, 
the "Mazda Wildlife Fund", pesticide exposure, rainforests and 
recycling. Seems to be a fairly large amount of corporate support 
here. (A4-48t/MG) 

GREEN PRINTS #5 ($3.25 from PO Box 1355, Fairview, NC 
28730): This one is a hybrid, if you'll forgive the term, of a gardening 
magazine crossed with a litmag. The people here write about the 
joys of gardening, the people involved, the love of the land, and 
sundry other topics. This issue ranges from raising a bumper crop 
of rocks in New England soil to a reminiscence of Elisabeth 
Woodburn, who was a good source for books on the topic. 
(D-641/MG) _ 

GROGGY #31 (The Usual from Eric Mayer, 98 High St., Fiarport, 
NY 14450): A SF zine which, like mosi^of the best of the genre, 
discusses life instead of science fiction. Eric is still picking up the 
pieces from his divorce, but has found things to fill up time—like 
writing and running. The latter leads to lots of letter column 
exchanges with other fans doing likewise, or at least similar. 
(S-12/MG) 

GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING #80 ($25/6 issues from 2269 
Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140): The premiere magazine 
for those who choose to teach their children at home. With large 
parts of each issue written by the kids themselves, it is obvious 
that this works. There are forums on particular questions (this issue 
on being helpful when asked) as well as regular features like a 
directory of homeschoolers. (S-32t/MG) 

THE GRUMBLING YAK Mar.-Apr. 1991 (75* CASH/Stamps from 
PO Box 127, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522): Strange humor, collages, 
mazes and who knows what else. The March issue has another 
survey for readers, questions readers would like to ask George Bush, 
and a pirated Greg Hill collage. April has a maze, an expensive 
cookie recipe, and a short pasta story. (D-16r/MG) 

GUERILLA GRAPHICS Mar. 1991 ($1.75 from Bob Lee, 1720 
Burgundy Rd., Leucadia, CA 92024): A zine of concrete poetry, 
computer-drawn cartoons, and other topics on the intersection of 
literature and desktop publishing. Bob goes after vegetarians in this 
one, comes up with an analysis of the Gulf War to offend most 
people, and does some delightful visual punning. (M-24t/MG) 

□THE GUIDE Mar. 1991 ($25/yr from PO Box 593, Boston, MA 
02199): This one proclaims itself as being for "Gay Travel, 
Entertainment, Politics, & Sex", but it seems to be almost exclusively 
male-oriented (though there are some features for lesbians). They 
feature maps of many cities showing the hotspots, plenty of ads, 
free personals, gay Republicans, review columns, and more. There's 
a major feature in this issue on the erotic qualities of violence. 

(S-144t/MG) __ 

□GULP #1 (Stamps or Trade from 21 Main St., Binghamton, NY 
13905): Compendium of stuff that is, in the editor's words, "neat 
and good." All of it. Cool graphics in a mini-sized format with short 
verses and poems (I loved Susan Campbell's "Palm Sundav 1974") 
and comics and popular culture reverie (like those little chers heads 
you see on pizza boxes nationwide). There's also a tiny review 
section where the editors actually and only use three words to 
describe all- records, zines and catalogs (Archie McPhee is called 
"pop culture nirvana")—a great idea. (M-28r/CG) 

□THE HALCYON CLUB #5-6 ($1 (?) from PO Box 642, 


























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Jamestown, NY 14702): A small zine with a sort of underground 
bulletin board feel to it. They are interested in a whole batch of 
things, including the Bronte sisters and the Cure. Little bits of 
creativity, poetry, reviews are plastered here at all angles. (S-5/MG) 
HAPA #13 ($3 from Joe Lane, PO Box 4083, Terre Haute, IN 
47804): This is an apa run for the benefit of small publishers like 
us. Samples are available for $3, but after that you have to contribute 
to get copies. We've discussed everything from proper grammar to 
library subscriptions to perfect binding to credit card accounts and 
more. Still small b ut definitely useful. (S-31/MG) 

HARVEST Spring-Beltane 1991 ($15/8 issues from PO Box 378, 
Southborough, MA 01772): A neopagan journal with a wide range 
of interests. In Spring, Starspawn's essay on AIDS is poignant, while 
"The Art of Haruspicy" details Etruscan divination principles. The 
Beltane begins a series on Witchcraft in the movies, has an article 
on the curious Shiela-na-Gig figures found in British churches, and 
prints a brief introduction to Santeria. There is material on gardening, 
magick in action, the craft as seen by outsiders, 
and plenty of contacts. (S-34t/MG/CG) 

□HEALTH & RESEARCH Vol. 2 #1 ($10/6 
issues from AAMR, 55 Maple Hill Rd., West 
Stockbridge, MA 01266): A newsletter from the 
Association for the Advancement of Medical 
Research. They print a mix of popularized 
medical research results and cheerleading for 
increased government science funding. Hard 
to tell what's at the bottom of it, other than 
a sincere desire to help people by curing them 
and extending their lives. (S-6t/MG) 

HEART DANCE #7-9 ($1 (?) from PO Box 
5539, Berkeley, CA 94705): A calendar and 
listing of events for the Bay Area, mostly in 
a sort of New Age context. Browsing through, 

I find vision quests, Eckankar, Tai Chi, crystals, 
women's power, astrology, and lots more. 

Many listings for every day of the week. They 
also carry Swami Beyondananda and listings 
for groups that meet on a regular basis. 

(S-40t/MG) 

□HELLBOX Vol. 1 #1 ($1 (?) from Steve 
Chant, 83 Chase St., Burlington, VT 05401): A 
new zine devoted to the odd things one can 
find when investigating books, printing, and 
related subjects. Most of this issue is devoted 
to telling the story of J. Francis Ruggles, an 
eccentric bookseller from around the turn of 
the century. Steve also reproduces a few pages 
from an artistically mutilated book. (HL- 
16t/MG) 

□H.E.L.P. Vol. 1 #1 ($1 from Rob Handel, 

416 S. Linn St. #8, Iowa City, IA 52240): A 
zine of many interests, with something for a 
lot of people. The premiere issue has an article 
on why a local skateboard park is needed, a 
first-person account of getting arrested at an anti-war demo, and 
notes on becoming a Conscientious Objector. They also review a 
book by Arthur C. Clarke and the best albums of 1990. (S-19t/MG) 
□HENRY MILLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY NEWSLETTER Vol.l 
#1 ($25/membership from HMML, Big Sur, CA 93920): A pretty 
self-explanatory newsletter, but there's a lot in here about Big Sur 
(which figured into Miller's life as well). Anecdotes, memories, 
excerpts horn Miller and his daughter's writings, and lots about the 

Big Sur Land Trus t. (S-13/CG) _ 

THE HERETICAL INQUISITOR Vol. 1 #3 (SASE from PO Box 
2042, Fairview Hts., OH 62208): A Satanist zine which makes no 
bones about seeing the "X-Tians" as the enemy. As such it is full 
of worries about growing Christian political power and rants about 
what the concerned Satanist can do to fight back. (S-6/MG) 

HOBBISTS & COLLECTORS NATIONAL MARKETPLACE ($1 
from Traders Mart, PO Box 1051, Quincy, IL 62306): This one is 
mainly composed of the sort of small ads one finds in "big mail" 
mailings, but it also has articles on various hobbies. And for some 
reason there are a couple of pages on Messianic Judaism in this 
issue. (S-16t/MG) ___ 



□HOBLINK #8 ($2 CASH or £1 stamps from Joy Hibbert, 11 
Rutland St., Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST15 JG, UK): Please don't put 
the zine name on the envelope. Hoblink is an organization of lesbian, 
gay and bisexual pagans, and this is their newsletter. It's mainly 
focused on events and get-togethers, and in what the group can do 
to become more h elpful for its members. (A4-4r/M G) 

□THE HOLY EXPERIMENT #8 (75* from 82 Ethan Allen Rd., 
Freehold, NJ 07728): An anarchist zine by and for teenagers. This 
issue has a call for the banning of a local incinerator project, plus 
an essay "A Polemic For Radical Culture" asking for innovation 

instead of retro-w orship. (S-8/MG) _ 

HOMOTURE #2 ($5 CASH from PO Box 191781, San Francisco, 
CA 94119-1781): A well-designed example of the new breed of 
defiantly queer zines springing up all over. Those who don't 
understand the difference between "gay" and "queer" would be well 
advised to read "The Myth of the Acceptable Lie" here. They also 
print comics, stories of past encounters, hot fiction (or possibly hot 
fact), arty photos and a few gossip tidbits. 
(HL-36t/MG) 

HORIZON #70 (Send for info from J. 
Haelterman, Stationstraat 232A, 1770 

Liedekerke, BELGIUM): An all-Dutch popular 
culture magazine. Articles include movie 
reviews and retrospectives, museum reviews, 
and another look at the folklore surrounding 
the werewolf. It looks fun. (S-32/CG) 

THE HORROR #2 ($2 & a stamp from 
Jakrabitt, 4823 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, 
PA 19143): A zine of odd writings and collages 
that try to get at the horror of modern living. 
A fair amount of nasty sex here, along with 
alienation, the joys of the work week; death 
and consumer culture. (S-32/MG) 

HOTEL DIRE #23 ($1 (?) from Gobi, PO 
Box 18754, Rochester, NY 14618): A minizine 
of sex-soaked material edited by Gobi and 
the Rev. Samuel. The SubGenius influence 
peeps through here as well, in amongst the 
cheesecake photo and rants and raves about 
the world being a lousy place. Rev. Samuel 
in particular seems to have a classic marginal 
bad attitude, sneering at the world and daring 
it to come get him. (M-32t/MG) 

HOUSEWIFE-WRITER'S FORUM Vol. 4 
#2 ($15/6 issues from PO Box 780, Lyman, 
WY 82937): This one is now calling itself "The 
magazine for women writers"—though really 
it has things to say to any busy stayathome 
building a writing career on the side. They 
publish short, mostly humorous articles and 
stories, as well as notes on how to write, 
what to write, and where to send it—and 
balancing all of this with family responsibili¬ 
ties. (S-32t/MG) 

HUBRIS #2 ($1 (?) from Tom Long, 1122 1/2 N. 13th, Dekalb, 
IL 60115): An bizarre assortment of items found and pondered in 
no particular order. I loved the picture of the guy and his zit with 
the caption "Imperfect Nature" (can somebody make me a poster 
of that?). There's also "Two Felonies" by Long—two which he didn't 
commit and he explains how he was implicated. Later on it becomes 
more peculiar, with a woman writing of her homosexual desires, a 
reprint from FRONT OFFICE PSYCHOLOGY and some strangelike 

comic rambling. U nusual medley. (S-15/CG) _ 

HUDSON VALLEY GREEN TIMES Vol. 11 #2 ($15/yr from PO 
Box 208, Red Hook, NY 12571): Environmental news and action for 
people living along the Hudson River. This issue is focused in on 
the land, with an emphasis on saving it from development. They 
also keep an eye on waste issues, food safety, and a raft of other 

things. (T-16t/MG)_ 

HUMANIST NEWS & VIEWS Vol. 5 #6 ($25/yr from Bemie 
Schatz, 4418 Josephine Ln., Robbinsdale, MN 55422-1328): A 
Humanist newsletter for the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. They 
talk about the problems religion has engendered quite a bit, and 
offer their own analysis of the ills of society. This issue has a list 























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of things you can do to help the environment. (S -6t/MG) 

THE HYPERBOREAN Vol. 1 #3 ($2 from Richard Gaska, 2024 
N. Manor Dr., Erie, PA 16505): A zine of reprints for the person 
interested in anarchy and freethought. Gaska is digging up some 
rare nineteenth-century material, including an issue of THE FREE- 
THOUGHT VINDICATOR in this issue, which seems to bear some 
of the fanzine nat ure. Lots of heavy rationalism h ere. (S-30t/MG) 
IDEAS & ACTION #15 ($7.50/4 issues from PO Box 40400, San 
Francisco, CA 94140): The newspaper of the Workers Solidarity 
Alliance, an anarcho-syndicalist group that pushes for rank and file 
controlled unions. Their success can be judged in part by the fact 
that much of their paper covers mainstream labor news. This issue 
also has much on the anti-war protests in San Fran cisco. (T-16t/MG) 

IDEOLOGY OF MADNESS #11 ($1.25 or trade from Yggdrassil 
Press, POBox 1742, Arlington, TX 76004):The "first official Stangian 
Hate zine," but don't look for anti-Stang material in this issue. 
There's other (and better) subjects to ponder in here. New staff 
arrangements, the demise of the Dirty Tampons, Elvis sightings 
(send your's in), new and unusual BBS's, and a pretty down to 
earth essay on finding the right woman. Not as "mad" as it is 
honest. (HL-18r/CG)_ 

□IGUANAGILA #1-2 ($5 from PO Box 347150, San Francisco, 
CA 94134-7150): A new litmag that's off to an intriguing start. On 
the high side is staff artist Mark Woody and their willingness to 
serialize longer works and feature plenty of art. On the downside 
are the pages where kooky typefaces and laserprint screens combine 
to produce illegibility. But they'll get over that, and the co-editors 
seem to have an ear for the unusual and interesti ng. (S-74t/MG) 

IH3PA Vol.7 #1 ($7.00/membership from Rt.2, Box 2845, 

Manistique, MI 49854): The initials stand for the International Home 
and Private Poker Plyers' Association, which members receive along 
with the right to play in sanctioned tournaments, buy discounted 
products and be listed in a directory. Poker tips are given as well 
as member information, tournament players and reunion updates. 
(S-2/CG) _ 


The Journal of Strange Information 

"A great zine." the chronicle 
#3 is here ... I 

_ Special Religion Issue | 

• Altar Boys • Rastamen • Drug Cult 

• Church Disruption \ 

• UFOs, MIBs _j^ (vy. 

& The Nation of Islarri ’ ■— " ■ 

• Tracts • Holy Murders . 

Also: 

The Face on Mars • Weird book ^ 
reviews • Mayhem! • Weird People 
f rom around the world. and 

#1 and #2 still available 

Single Copies $2 each; 4 issue sub. $9. 

Cash or check made out to: Johnny Walsh 

INFOCULT 

P.O. Box 3124, East Hampton, NY 11937 




□ILLITERATI #1 ($1 from PO Box 90658, San Jose, CA 95109): 
A new litmag that's actively looking for stories up to 2000 words 
(they also feature some poetry). Terrence Willett sets a stTange 
opening tone with a story about a devious Bible salesman. Later 
Brian Grimm plays with the boundaries between story and reality. 
Includes a rubber stampart centerfold. (D-20t/MG) 

IMMANENT FACE #2 ($2 from Carl Quesnel, PO Box 492, New 
Town Branch, Boston, MA 02258): A litzine with a rather different 
mix. M. Czalpinski contributes a couple of dreamy short stories 
("Potato Weather" was fun), while Keisuke Hoashi writes about the 
depressing fact that American children are now worshiping assassins 
in his essay "Ninj a: The Unworthy Hero". (S-26t/M G) 

THE IMMORTALIST Vol. 22 #3 ($25/yr from Immortalist Society, 
24443 Roanoake, Oak Park, MI 48237): The newsletter of one of the 
top cryonics organizations out there, this one scans and condenses 
much general medical news, with an emphasis on aging. They also 
talk about the activities of the Cryonics Institute and explore the 
philosophical and technical dimensions of extended life. (S_J50t/MG) 

IMPULSE #7 ($2 & a stamp from Jon George, Route 1, Red 
Wing, MN 55066): An anarchist journal that seems to take a pretty 
sensible line about a lot of things (with the usual caveat that I don't 
approve of their support of groups like the RAF). Jon has put 
together some great propaganda pamphlets here, from an introduc¬ 
tion to anarchy to some thoughts on the Gulf Wa r. (S-40r/MG) 

INDUSTRIAL WORKER Mar. 1991 ($10/yr from 1095 Market St. 
#210, San Francisco, CA 94103): The IWW paper has moved to San 
Francisco, and it's out with a somewhat bland redesign and a 
proposal to change the name to something with better vibes for 
modern workers. The contents are largely focused on anti-war 
organizing, including a nice article about the possibility of a General 
Strike. (T-8t/MG) _ — 

□INFANTAZINE #1 ($1 CASH from 501 Avis Dr. #1, Box #130, 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104): A new zine of ranting and raving. The editor 
starts out with some long screed about the aliens and the necessity 
to kill them. Later on, there is a piece of bitchery directed at 
anarchists who are not vegetarians. Not the happiest zine in the 
world. (D-28/MG) _ 

INFO JOURNAL #62 ($3 from International Fortean Organiza¬ 
tion, PO Box 367, Arlington, VA 22210-0367): A delightful collection 
of articles about things outside our usual ken, with plenty of 
hat-tipping to the original Charles Fort (they even go so far as to 
track down some of his sources and short stories). Gulf Breeze, 
the Hill Star Map (or highway map?), and the strange case of "The 
Electric Lady" sho w up in #62. (S-40t/MG) _ 

INSIDE ENVIRONMENT Vol.3 #3 ($$25/yr from PO Box 13061, 
Lexington, KY 4(3583): An eco/environmental publication aimed 
primarily at businesses who must deal directly with waste 
management and regulations. It also covers financial environmental 
news, such as environmental investing, and developing technology. 
(T-31t/CG) 

THE INSIDER GUN NEWS Vol. 5 #3-4 ($50/12 issues from The 
Gunpress Publishing Co., PO Box 2441, Merrifield, VA 22116): 
Continuing news and views from a source well-connected with the 
gun industry and hobbyist groups. #3 is a one-issue issue, looking 
at the candidates to replace Warren Cassidy in the NR A 
administration. Lots more internal politics in #4, along with a bit 
of post-Desert Storm news. (S-4/MG) 

INSTAURATION Vol. 16 #4 ($30/12 issues from Howard Allen 
Enterprises, PO Box 76, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920): I don't know 
if finances are tight or what, but this racialist magazine is suddenly 
without its slick cover. Inside, though, is still the same: a 
consideration of the decline of American society, as provoked by 
race-mixing and other ills, and the loss of our Northern European 
heritage. (S-20t/MG) 

INTERCEPTED Vol. 9 #11 ($1.17 US/$1.28 Canada/$1.99 else¬ 
where from Kay Shapero, 12536 Short Ave., Los Angeles, CA 
90066): A collectively-written zine of sf and media madness. It's in 
the form of short ads from various fictional characters, funny 
animals, androids, and who knows who else. I see Morticia Addams 
passing throygh, and the guy from Quantum Leap, and the Doctor, 
and Ghu only knows who else. Various aids are also available for 
the confused reader. (S-8r/MG) 

INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA Vol. 18 #3 (On request from 


































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PO Box 2639, Reston, VA 22090): A Christian ministry newsletter 
which combines prayer and politics in the hopes that one will 
influence the effectiveness of the other. They rally for George Bush, 
warn against spiritual warfare, and cover the nation's newspapers 

for news of relate d subjects. (5-4t/CG) _ 

INTERRACE Mar. 1990 ($4 from PO Box 1001, Schenectady, NY 
12301-1001): A magazine of support for interracial couples, transracial 
adoptions, and biracial or multiracial people. They feature stories on 
celebrities in interracial relationships, examine the problems one faces 
in society, poll readers for advice and generally argue that everyone 
has a right to their own identity free of racism. (S-24t/MG) 

INTUITIVE EXPLORATIONS Vol. 4 #10 ($15/yr from PO Box 
561, Quincy, IL 62306-0561): A zine of New Age thought, channeling, 
practical exercises and more. #10 includes another essay from Antero 
Alii, a review of a book which contends that legal problems are 
spiritual problems in disguise (they do lots of reviews, and you can 
mail-order much of this stuff through them) and notes on a way to 

deal with the Taro t. (S-24t/MG) _ 

□IS IT PORN? #1-2 (50* from John Smurfburger, PO Box 134, 
Waynesville, MO 65583): Well, mostly it isn't. Rather, this is a 
medley of stuff, from crude ethnic jokes to articles clipped from 
OMNI, porno pix to White Boy to Ace Backwords. Looks like the 
remnants from a zinester's cutting-room floor. (D-8/MG) 

□THE ISMIST ART JOURNAL #1-3 (75*/3 issues from Martin 
Bormann's Cranial Splints, PO Box 8266, Philadelphia, PA 19101- 
8166): Ismism is essentially another art movement glorifying nonsense 
and spontaneity. They print a play made up as the author went 
along, silly words, made-up letters, little drawings, and who knows 
what else. Charming and short enough to be funny. (S-2t/MG) 
□ISSUE #9 (75p. from 24 Eastwood Rd., Balsall Heath, Birming¬ 
ham, B12 9NB, UK): Who knows what the overseas price 
is...Anyhow, this is a collectively-written zine, almost an apa, with 
a strong Christian contingent among the writers. Topics in this issue 
include the fate of the Green Party, the end of Thatcherism, cults, 
the virgin birth, Christmas in our society, and bits of news from 

the Gulf. (A4-16r/MG)_ 

ISSUES & VIEWS Vol. 7 #1 ($10/yr from PO Box 467, New 
York, NY 10025): This "Open Forum on Issues Affecting the Black 
Community" argues mostly for self-help and solid business entre¬ 
preneurship, in preference to government handouts and biased laws 
intended to redress past injustices. They report on successful 
businesses within the community, and encourage others to join the 

trend. (S-12t/MG) _ 

JAG Vol. 29 #3-4 (On Request from R.S. Jaggard MD, 10 E. 
Charles, Oelwein, IA 50662): A monthly polemic on Libertarian 
ideals, from a physician who refuses to take money from the 
government. In #3 he rails against those who would reward 
paper-shuffling above serving people, and gives another glimpse into 
his own success doing otherwise. #4 is about the tyranny of the 

IRS. (L-l/MG) _ 

THE JAMES WHITE REVIEW Vol.8 #3 ($12/yr from POBox 3356, 
Traffic Station, Minneapolis, MN 55403): A gay men's literary 
quarterly with some very excellent prose and poetry included. The 
literature ranges from topical to personal, with Lev Raphael's "Beth 
Homo" standing out as a story about the life of a young Jewish 

homosexual. (T-19t /CG) _ 

JASON UNDERGROUND'S NOTES FROM THE 
TRASIICOMPACTOR #3 ($1 (?) from 2795 Via Vela, Camarillo, CA 
93010): I'm pretty sure Jason is willing to give this one away, but 
if he was charging a buck would be about right. It's a personalzine 
with some Christian content—Jason being up front about being a 
Christian—but a wide range of interests. Government wrongdoing, 
book reviews, protests and thoughts on the late war are all part of 

the recipe. (S-8/MG)_ 

JED YARICK NEWSLETTER Jan.1991 ($2.50/3 issues from 

FFBristol Terrace #215, Lawrence, KS 66049): I think this guy is 
getting his act together. Jed's personal life on display for all the 
world to see, he's got ways to end the wars (a global battle of the 
bands, out metal the enemy), saving the planet, a map of his 
apartment, sightings from his mailing list, and girls. Also, there's a 
plea to keep Tony Orlando out of the limelight with the resurgence 

of yellow ribbons. (S-5/CG) _ 

JERICHO NEWSLETTER Vol. 1 #8-9 ($7/yr prisoners or $10/yr 


everyone else from Michael A. Stephens 82951, ASPC PO Box 
B-82951, Florence, AZ 85232): A newsletter for prisoners from prison. 
Michael covers briefly various court cases of interest and news on 
the selective incarceration policies in this country. He also publishes 
an address list for those who desire penpals. In #9 he announces 
plans for a woman's page, inviting words from women in prison. 

(S-5/MG) _ 

THE JOE NEWS #8 (SASE for sample or $2/8 issues from PO 
Box 153, Back Bay Annex, Boston, MA 02117): Well, apart from dark 
threats of lawsuit (aimed at us!) in this issue, this semi-obscure 
info-tainment personalzine is pretty good. Joe is a rather shadowy 
figure, but his groupies (or followers, or whatever) write about him 
in hushed tones, while passing on pearls of wisdom about the state 
o the cultural worl d. A unique item. (S-l/MG) 

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT #2 ($1 from 118 Surrey Ln., Lake 
Forest, IL 60045): A mixed bag of reviews an opinion. Editor Bill 
(not Johnny) explains the allure of Twin Peaks, talks about the WWF, 
and gives a good strong plug for Jesus Lizard. Alternate war opinion, 
comics, and a review of the last Screeching Weasel show also appear 

in this issue. (D-20r/MG)_ 

□THE JUNK MAIL ARTIST Vol. 1 #1 (25* & SASE from 
Christopher Martin, Rte. 1 Box 373, Charlottesville, VA 22903): For 
everyone involved in the burgeoning junk mail movement, here at 
last is a zine to put you in touch with other people. In this first 
one, Christopher talks about the characteristics of junk mail and 

starts listing partic ipants. (S-2t/MG) _ 

JUST KILLING TIME #14 ($2 CASH from 14227 Eventide, 
Cypress, TX 77429): A gruesome collection of reprinted newspaper 
and magazine articles, in this issue almost all about mass murderers 
(including a long John gacy story). They also offer for sale various 
videotapes, including special collections of "naked female celebrities". 

(S-20t/MG) _ 

' KANDYKORN JACKHAMMER #3 ($1 (?) from Johnny Brewton, 
POBox 1964, Venice, CA 93002): Alternative weirdness and oddities 
converge with poetry and comics and otherstuff. There's a humorous 
listing of unsold TV series pilots, "Ten Reasons Why the Sex Pistols 
Didn't Save Rock and Roll," some poems about cigarettes, and an 
interview with Bo b Forrest. Bizarrity with flavor. ( D-32r/CG) 

KANSAS CITY FLYING DISC CLUB NEWSLETTER Vol. 2 #3 
($15/yr from KCFDC, 9018 Hemlock, Overland Park, KS 66212): This 
one is aimed at people who play "disc golf", a sport using flying 
disks (Not "Frisbees", a trademarked term) in a competitive context. 
They print mostly local news, although there is apparently a national 

organization as we ll. (S-8t/MG) _ 

THE KANSAS INTELLIGENCER Vol. 5 #3-4 ($12/yr from R.W. 
Clack, Rt. 1 Box 7A, Morganville, KS 67468): Outspoken monthly 
commentary from a conservative who is not afraid to be an 
individual. #3 has Clack's solution to the postwar Mideast situation: 

encourage Kuwait to annex Iraq. (L-2t/MG) _ 

□KAOS ($9/yr from PO Box 11464, Honolulu, HI 96826): No issue 
numbers of these tabloids, but it's the War Issue, the Spit Issue and 
the Art For a Dying Nation Issue. iP;s got a wild 90's graphic feel, 
with lots going on and heavy typographic and design play. Inside, 
you get a column from Public Enemy, lots of art opposed to the 
system, women & AIDS, overdevelopment in Hawaii, censorship 
concerns, and lots more. An assault from the media underground. 

(T-16t/MG) _ 

KATUAHJOURNAL 
#30 ($1.50 single issue 
from POBox 638, Leices¬ 
ter, NC Katuah Province 
28748): An Appalachian 
bioregional journal of 
ecology, economy and 
living in harmony with 
the earth. Most articles 
deal with building a re¬ 
gional economy, living 
naturally and with as 
little money as possible, 
and organic subsistence. 

Very noble efforts. (T- 
35t/CG) 

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ZINE #3 ($15.95 membership from M & P Entertainment, PO Box 
4386, Chicago, IL 60680-4386): A slightly off-center and in-joked zine 
centering around what looks to be a minor celebrity in Chicago. I 
believe he's a radio personality, judging from lots of photos of him 
holding a microphone. There are interviews with Chicago's "fastest 
growing rock legend" named Eddie, an interview with Kevin himself, 
and lots of humor flaking by here and there. Cur ious. (S-12t/CG) 
THE KEYSTONE SOCIALIST #1 (SASE (?) from Socialist Party 
of Pennsylvania, 2208 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19146): The 
newsletter—or, in this case, the sheet—of the Socialists in the Philly 
area. This issue condemns the gulf war as immoral, and suggests 
that some tax resistance is in order. (S-2/MG) 

KHEPERA Vol.2 #2($2.50 from CES, POBox 7091, Burbank, CA 
91510-7091): A sister publication toCES NEWSLETTER, this one 
expands on the topics of paganism and related resources. An 
Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Religion is given, plus the 
cat-goddess Bast, and an article on the illusion of human 
consciousness. A good starting point for any potential pagan. 

(D-31/CG) _ 

KID'S LIB NEWS #21 ($12/yr from PO Box 108, Naahehu, HI 
96772): A spiral-bound zine made up of reprints of mainstream and 
otherstream articles dealing with bringing up and educating children. 
The range of subjects is so wide as to defy classification; there's the 
suppression of children's sexuality, geo-toys, wholistic attitudes 
towards raising kids, all included with a general feeling of love and 

energy. (S-47r/CG)_ 

KMT Spring 1991 ($9.50 from 1531 Golden Gate Ave., San 
Francisco, CA 94115): A "Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt" that 
features many many photos and solid articles about that land at the 
start of history. This issue reports on several excavations, including 
that of Miss Benson around the turn of the century and the more 
recent work in the Valley of Kings. Fascinating stuff. (S-72t/MG> 
KOOKS MAGAZINE #7 ($5 from Donna Kossy, PO Box 953, 
Allston, MA 02134): The prime repository of the terminally (but 
entertainingly) confused people in the country today. Kossy sets her 
sights widely, from relatively mainstream Christian nuts like Bob 
Larson to the Quacks of Old London to decidedly fringe religions 
and lone kooks. The reproduced posters and manifestos alone are 
worth the price here. (S-40t/MG) 

THE KRONICLES OF THE KILLER PIGS OF THE PLANET 
ZOOM-ZOOM AND OTHER STOOPID GAMES AND STORIES 
CREATED BY ME BECAUSE I WAS BORED ONE DAY Vol. 1 #3 
(50tf (?) from John J. Beasley, 413 Corapeake Dr., Cheseapeake, VA 
23320): A collection of random writings and humor. This issue has 
something on Jim Bakker's sentencing (yeah, it took a while to see 
print) and 10 goo d reasons to eat meat. (L-4r/MG) 

KRYLON UNDERGROUND Apr. 1991 ($1 from R. German, PO 
Box 5830, Bethesda, MD 20824-5830): Weird stuff indeed here, a 
random walk through the margins of our culture. There's an interview 
with Tesco Vee, the latest word on the invading aliens, and the 
details of the Employee Resistance Program. They also have a fat 
list of contacts, some socially correct petitions, and notes on the 
media budget of t he CIA. (D-32t/MG) _ 


THE LADIES' FETISH & TABOO SOCIETY COMPENDIUM 
OF URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY Vol. IV #1 ($1.50 from PO Box 
542327, Houston, TX 77254-2327): "Always amusing, always confus¬ 
ing", this one ranges around the theory of obstacles, bizarre reader 
correspondence, burning questions of the day, and recipes for Peanut 
Brittle Salad. It seems to be a magnet for weird stuff in the universe, 
from mainstream (more or less) news to the Seven Dwarves 

discussing philoso phy. (S-lOr/MG) _ 

THE L.A. GANG BANG #29-30 ($9/yr from 1212A N. San 
Fernando #244, Burbank, CA 91504): The lives of four cool people 
out in Los Angeles are getting entangled with the rest of us as 
people write in, join their review column, and generally have fun. 
In #29 Gary reports on finally getting an acting job, while Lee 
complains about war profiteers. #30 includes reader suggestions on 
what to name the baby (you'll have to get a copy to find out which 
of the editors are having it). Mostly light and entertaining, and 

always fun. (S-6r/MG)_ 

LA MIRACLE TATOUE #2 (? from Remy Dusseaux, 18 Place 
des Pradettes, Apt. 79D, 31100 Toulouse, FRANCE): An interesting 
literary magazine, all in French and perfect bound, that publishes 
work by French writers and translations of poetry and essays 
originally written in "American" and German. The poetry and prose 
in the issue is generally interested in simple "poetic" moments, 
epiphanies with little story or consequence. The magazine is held 
together with stark xero- and videographic visual pieces, especially 
the dense collages of Francoise Duvivier and the acorporal line 
drawings of Eric Masse. The editors are interested in seeing 
submissions of writing and drawings, and are looking for places to 
distribute their journal on our continent. (128pp./Reviewed by Geof 

Huth) _ 

□LA ROCA Vol. 17 #4 ($12/yr from La Roca/Subscription Dfept., 
PO Box 629, Florence, AZ 85232): A very Impressive magazine from 
within the Arizona state prison system. They print news of interest 
to inmates (legal, medical, unit sports and more), drawings, stories, 
and opinion pieces. They seem to have a pretty free reign, and the 
design and layout are impeccable—and it's all inmate-produced, from 

writing to printing . (S-64t/MG) _ 

THE LATEST NEWS March 1991 (["Stamps or small amounts of 
cash are always appreciated"] from Jennifer Payne, 501 Durham 
Road, Madison, CT 06443): Jen's personal zine in which we become 
friends with her immediately. Very easy style of writing, and we 
find out what's going on in her life, the trials and tangles of 
unemployment lines and forms, her proposed move to Boston and 
just what she thin ks about men. Good layout, too . (S-4/CG) 

LAUGHING BEAR NEWSLETTER #36 ($8/12 issues from PO 
Box 36159, Denver, CO 80236): A review newsletter which keeps a 
wry eye on the small press. This issue takes a look at some of the 
more outrageous practices in competitions, and then reviews a 
number of litmags. These range from the super-spiffy ONTHEBUS 
to the shareware ANGRY. Fun reviews. (S-3/MG) 

LAUGHTER WORKS Vol. 3 #1 ($5 from 222 Selby Ranch Rd. 
#4, Sacramento, CA 95864): A newsletter about humor and its uses 
on the job. These people are of the opinion that a laughing workplace 
is a healthier workplace, and they discuss the uses of humor in 


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motivation, training, and just making for a better working 

atmosphere. (S-8t/ MG) _ 

THE LAVENDER NETWORK Feb.-Mar. 91 ($25/yr from PO Box 
5421, Eugene, OR 97405): A superior gay/lesbian communications 
and lifestyles magazine, whose range is so wide that it becomes 
one of those magazines that hangs around for months. Current 
events news starts at the community level and. heads on towards 
the national scene, with ACT UP notes, fiction, open forums and 
even an enlightening article on dating etiquette—which isn't 
necessarily restricted to gay/lesbian relationships. There's also "Dykes 
to Watch Out For," which is always a treat. There's even a gay 

BBS in their ads. ( S-76t/CG/MG) _ 

□LEAVES OF GRASS #11-12 ($12/12 issues from A Slow Tempo 
Press, 2746 Everett, Lincoln, NE 68502): I don't know quite what to 
make of this one. #11 has got some literary qualities, with a play 
excerpt from Billy the Shake inside and a Walt Whitman paper on 
the cover. But it's also got several pages about ecologically sound 
lawn care, and some notes on the New Liberation News Service. 
#12 makes it a bit clearer, with arguments for taking back our lives 
and protecting the earth. Informative and idiosync ratic. (S-8t/MG) 
L'ECHO DES CHANTIERS #9 ($1 (?) from Kurt Beaulieu, 4230 
Pierre de Coubertin #9, Montreal, Que., HIV 1A4, CANADA): Three 
collages by Kurt, putting people in conjunction with perplexing 
captions. Somethin g to add a little edge to your l ife. (S-3/MG) 

LEFT BUSINESS OBSERVER #44 ($20/yr from 250 W. 85th St., 
New York, NY 10024-3217): International business and finance news 
from a decidedly leftist thought. While some of the info is complex, 
it is also quite readable and explained well. This issue discusses the 
demographic and economic makeup of Kuwait, our "embarrassing 
connections" to Iraq, and our very own recession and its status. 

(S-8/CG) _ 

LEFT GREEN NOTES #6 ($10/yr from PO Box 5566, Burlington,' 
VT 05402): A newsletter for people on the Marxist and anarchist 
side of the Greens movement. This issue has complaining letters 
from some who feel their political oxen have been gored, more on 
the network running, and articles on study groups and self-organi¬ 
zation. It also has the news that Murray Bookchin is departing from 

the Greens. (S-24t/MG)_ 

LE LEJBO KARNI #14 ($4 from The Logical Language Group, 
2904 Beau Ln., Fairfax, VA 22031): This is the newsletter of the 
people developing lojban, an artificial language based on the work 
done in designing Loglan. This issue has news on their legal status, 
publicity, and a translation of Goldilocks into lojban. For the $4, 
you'll get their complete introductory packet, including enough to 
get started learning the language. Those who develop a strong 
interest will also want to read the more technical journal JUT 
LOBYPLI (nearly 100 pages, $10.40) with its discussion of the 
language's evolution, formal machine grammars, net discussions and 

lots more.(S-10/MG)_ 

□A LETTER FROM MERLIN Summer 9990 (Donation from Merlin 
Stone, Box 266-201 Varick St., New York, NY 10014): A newsletter 
from Merlin Stone, author of WHEN GOD WAS A WOMAN. She 
reports on the latest archaeological evidence about the spread of 
Goddess figures in this issue. There are also short bits about all 
manner of women 's spirituality books and events. (S-4/MG) 

THE LETTER PARADE Feb. 1991 ($10/yr from Bonnie Jo 
Enterprises, PO Box 52, Comstock, MI 49041): This one really is 
quite a bit like a letter, from a correspondent who stuffs odd bits 
of things into her envelope before mailing it off to you. In February 
we have a story about her family, a paper pattern for a kayak, 
strange news and an ad for tours via bike of Eastern Europe. 

(S-6/MG) __ 

LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE (1 Russell Chambers, The Piazza, 
Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8AA, ENGLAND): This organization 
puts out essays under a variety of titles, with a generally free market 
outlook. Of the latest batch I especially enjoyed (if that is the word) 
Ted Goodman's LEGAL NOTES #14, on the current censorship laws 
in Britain. They also get into western history, the evils of monopoly, 

and much more. ( A4-2t/MG) _ 

LIBERTARIAN FAMILIST Vol.10 #3 (On Request from PO Box 
4826, El Paso, TX 79914-4826): The newsletter for libertarians who 
are deeply rooted in children's rights and familism. This issue is an 
excerpt from a book by Ken Schooland on "the dark side of Japanese 
eduction," which, it seems, holds a lot more myths than that of 


American educatio n. (S-6t/CG) _ 

LIBERTARIAN LABOR REVIEW #10 ($5/yr from PO Box 2824, 
Champaign, IL 61825): Anarchosyndicalist "ideas and discussion" 
from around the world. The fifteen or so articles represent an 
international array of topics discussed, including workers and 
self-management in Italy, environmental awareness, and the founding 
of a Russian syndicalist union. Many of the articles are reprinted 
from speeches given at the International Syndicalist Conference held 

in Sweden last No vember. (S-44t/CG) _ 

LIBIDO Vol. 3 #2 ($26/4 issues from PO Box 146721, Chicago, 
IL 60614): "The Journal of Sex and Sensibility" continues to print 
interesting and different photos and stories, as well as commentary 
about sex in America and beyond. There's a great hot story here 
from David Vineyard in this issue, a thoughtful essay from Judson 
Jerome on sex aft er forty, and plenty more. (D-80 t/MG) 

□LIFE CARROTS POTATOS DEATH Limbo Issue ($5 (?) from 
PO Box 192261, San Francisco, CA 94119-2261): A perfectbound 
litmag with an experimental cast to the writing (mostly short prose 
but with some poetry thrown in). There are slices of life, fragments 
of memory, a trip to the hairdresser, fantasies of the afterlife, wisps 
of allusions to things never quite grasped. The work all does relate 
to the theme of limbo, leaving the reader along with the characters 

uncertain of the fu ture. (D-140t/MG) _ 

□LIFE-SIZED HUMAN SKULL #1 ($1.00 from Steven J. Bladek, 
E. 12924 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99216): A new literary zine with 
less pretensions and more verve. The fiction is mostly horror, but 
it's subtle, kind of like a modern reading of the horror classics (i.e. 
[FRANKENSTEIN]). It's all emotional scariness. Then there's some 
poetry (a terrific poem by Pete Lee: "Pay Phones Are Like Whores"), 
a little intergalactic horror comics. All around fun rea ding. (HL-31/CG) 
□LIFESTYLES OF THE BODILY DISMEMBERED #4 (75* from 
Jason Stephenson, 1702 Burns Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106): This one 
is mainly about movies, though they do throw in an interview with 
a local band and a book review. The lead story is about Henry , 
Portrait of a Serial Killer and it sets the tone for the rest of their 

reviews. (S-7/MG) _ 

LIGHT & LIBERTY #10 ($3 from Lawrence E. Christopher, PO 
Box 33, Woodstock, NY 12498): A zine of essays, mostly from a 
libertarian or New Age point of view. In this issue Lawrence explains 
why he supported the war despite considering himself a liberal, and 
there's a guest editorial on why gun control is not a solution to 

violence. (S-8/MG)_ 

LIGHTWORKS #20/21 ($5 from PO Box 1202, Birmingham, MI 
48012-1202): A slick-covered zine of underground art—which recog¬ 
nizes its own paradoxical nature. There's an interview with Richard 
Kostelanetz here, as well as a series of pieces on Neoism and the 
Art Strike. Rubber stamping, mail art, bits of sandpaper glued in, 
it's all here, a mu seum of the underground at wo rk. (S-72t/MG) 
LINCOLN BULLETIN #92 (SASE (?) from PO Box 94629, Lincoln, 
NE 68509): This litzine continues to mutate formats. This time it is 
a single clip of paper with a gargantuan fish on one side and "A 
Poem By Bill" on the other. Bill's work reminds me a bit of St. 
Stephen Xavier of Trever—which is good. (M-2/MG ) 

LITERARY MAGAZINE REVIEW Vol. 10 #1 ($5 from The English 
Department, Denison Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 
66506): Essay-length reviews are the order of the day here (and in 
fact some of the reviews are more on the scene in general than the 
particular magazine they are ostensibly reviewing). This issue tackles 
a great many titles which should be familiar to FF readers, including 
LOST AND FOUND TIMES, TEMM, FINE MADNESS and 
IMPETUS. Nice to see what a more establishment journal has to 

say about some o f us outlaws. (D-48t/MG) _ 

LITTLE FREE PRESS #84 (Free from Ernest Mann, Rt. 1, Box 
102, Cushing, MN 56443): Political, social and economic commentary 
from Ernest Mann, whose been living simply and seeking Utopia 
for many years. His belief in the abolition of money serves for much 
of his argument with the system. This issue looks to Desert Storm 
as a scam, talks of the people creating their own media and tries 

to find peace with in himself. (S-4/CG) _ 

LITTLE SKULL'S BAY-BEE #17 (1 stamp from PO Box 481051, 
Los Angeles, CA. 90048): The punk interview zine is still going 
strong. Interspersed with underground art, Carrie asks her readers 
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you do if you had some bucks to blow?" One of the questions for 
#19 is "Why do you think there are so few females in the 

underground/altern ative scene?" (M-8/MG) _ 

LIVING FREE #61 ($1.50 [cash preferred] from Jim Stumm, PO 
Box 29, Hiler Branch, Buffalo, NY 14223): A zine for people who 
are searching for liberty today. Jim passes along some libertarian 
movement news, but mainly LF is a place to talk about self-reliance, 
cheap survival, and slipping through the cracks. Learn about survival 
kits and a new ki nd of hybrid apa/zine in this iss ue. (S-8r/MG) 
LIZZENGREASY Vol.2 #1-2 ($2.00 [CASHONLY] from Dai Ni 
Kuroda Kopo 203, Funabashi 5-30-6, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo 156, 
JAPAN): American and other assorted international expatriates living 
and working in Japan try to recreate for us their experiences and 
advice and cultural advantages. Always fun to read, #1 is the 
"selling" issue (I think, they didn't mention it, but it looks like it), 
with essays on the various methods of sales in Japan e.g. street 
selling, fast-food, vending machines, 7-Eleven's and even selling your 
own airline ticket to a stranger. #2 is the "work" issue, in which 
we find out how to get a hostessing job in Japan (those who are 
paid to party), the employment situation there and how it affects 
those of us in the states, the state of the jobaholic, and how to be 
craftily creative in writing a resume. There's also the Great Fish 
stories and the usual zine and book reviews. (S-20r/CG) 

LOLA FISH #9 (IRCs (?) from Bruno Pommey, 36, residence Jean 
Mace, 28300 Mainvilliers, FRANCE): A zine of mail art, with 
contributions from all over. This issue has Blair Wilson on the cover 
and prison art from Mike Kelly inside, as well as Polish, Italian and 
German pages. Bruno also reviews other zines. (S-18/MG) 

LOLLYGAGGING #33-34 (The Usual from Chuck Connor, Sildan 
House, Chediston Rd., Wissett, Nr. Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0NF, 
ENGLAND): Chuck's contribution toPIECES OF EIGHT apa, it's 
sf/personal/Britfan oriented that lets Chuck toot his horn and have 
fun. #33 has some sexuality and genitalia in sf while following 
closely on its heels #34 is mostly responses to apa b uddies. (S-15/CG) 
LONGEVITY REPORT #26 ($23/yr from J. de Rivaz, West Towan 
House, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 8AX, UK): This one is for 
people who are interested in life extension by whatever means. #26 
reports on the drug MSM, a derivative of DMSO which shows some 
promise, and continues a controversial series from a consultant who 
says he will help you arrange cryonic suspensions. (A4-20t/MG) 
THE LOOGIE #3-4 ($1 & a stamp from Andrew Mullen, 435 
Probasco #3, Cincinnati, OH 45220): A zine of essays and stTange 
literature. #3 includes a discussion with two gay people about the 
problems of coming out and a nasty cat-hatePs cartoon. #4 opens 
with an editorial decrying their previous review in FF as an attempt 
to destroy their fledgling zine, and proceeds with a story told from 



the point of view of several cigarettes, academic fantasy by Solomon 
Davidoff, and a comparison of the war in Iraq to Yellow Submarine. 

(D-16t/MG)_ . 

THE LOST PERUKE XXVII/XXVIII ($2.50 from PM Kellerman, 
PO Box 1525, Highland Park, NJ 08904): An independent humor 
zine that's getting pretty good at simple sardonic commentary. This 
issue is still focused on the war—"The war may be over, but the 
writing has just begun". Morbidly amusing is Kellerman's rating of 
the allstars among the media people, flanked by historical commen¬ 
tary and fractured photos. (D-48/MG) _ 

LOVE & RAGE Vol. 2 #2-3 ($7/yr from Box 3, Prince St. Sta., 
New York, NY 10012): The "revolutionary anarchist newsmonthly" 
seems to be allowing in more dissenting opinion these days; in #3 
Bob McGlynn takes the previous issue to task for an "anti-imperialist" 
analysis of the war that appeared in the previous issue. Other 
contents include still more from Christopher Day on an "anarchist 
network" (which many anarchists view with deep suspicion) and an 

intro to anarcha-fe minism, (T-16t/MG) _ 

□LOVE GODDESS DELUXE #1 ($1.50 from Matt Thomas, 409 
Eastlake Ave. E #201, Seattle, WA 98109): A collection of poetry, 
comics and miscellany, including the further adventures of Arbo, 
the space-voyaging tot. Ronald Kittell and Sigmund Weiss are among 
the poets here, and the zine also features some art and short essays. 

(S-32/MG) _ 

LOVERS REVOLT #13-14 ($1 from PO Box 6042, Minneapolis, 
MN 55406): In quotes and photos, this one preaches the idea of 
love as a solution for most problems. The editor digs up pieces 
from all over, about making a better world through treating people 
with love. (D-20/MG) 

□LOVING CONTACT Vol. 4 #26 (Donation from Connie Denault, 
PO Box 471, Kankakee,m IL 60901): This is a litmag, sort of, put 
together by a group that does prison ministry work.^Most of the 
contributions are letters and stories from people behind the walls, 
though they don't turn away anyone. A gentle, caring sort of zine. 

(D-48r/MG) _ 

□LUVBOAT EARTH #9 (25* from Joshua Glenn, S.U. Box 1750, 
Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267): Looking for a more 
"Jizmic reality," this is an uncommon and occasional zine of pop 
culture and awaitment of the dreaded New Year's Eve 1999. It's a 
little uneven yet, but fun—with Spiderman captions, "depressing 
photographs" of weeping Mills College students. Pres. Bush, 
apocalyptic coloring book scenes, some poetry and some required 
reading which includes Henry Rollins, Mary Daly, and Pagan 

Kennedy. (HL-28/CG)_ 

THE MADISON INSURGENT Vol. 4 #16-19 ($25/yr from PO 
Box 704, Madison, WI 53701-0704): A collectively-produced leftist 
paper which covers all the hot issues. #16 is a special on AIDS, 
with the latest from ACT UP, the special problems faced by women 
PWAs, and so on. #18 proves that even leftists have a sense of 
humor, with an April Fools spoof issue on the back of their regular 
one. I almost died laughing at Alison Bechdel's cartoon in #19; their 
coverage of the annual Mifflin Street block party planning is also 

excellent. (T-12t/MG)_ 

A MADMAN'S DREAM Vol. II #6 ($1 from 7146 Remmet Ave. 
#120, Canoga Park, CA 91303): Buried in the back of this collection 
of original writings and reprints is an article from the editor, about 
how to have fun slicing yourself up with razor blades (and yes, it's 
completely serious). Other, less jarring contents include poetry from 
Sigmund Weiss and others, , zine reviews, a bit from the X-Rated 
Bible, and some g ruesome Charles Pinion art. (S-2 2/MG) 

□MAD WORLD SURVIVAL GUIDE #1 (SASE & $1 CASH from 
PO Box 791377, New Orleans, LA 70179-1377): A new zine of 
underground opposition to the system. They seem more interested 
in pouring a bit of sand into the gears than in planning grandiose 
revolutions. The first issue includes notes on spraypainting, 
suggestions on a more cruelty-free life, complaints about taxes that 
favor the rich, and demands that the reader do some thing ! (D-16r/MG) 
MAGIC WARS #3 ($2 from Joseph Kerrick, PO Box 17231, 
Philadelphia, PA 19105): With this issue Joseph wraps up his telling 
of his own part in the secret history of the late 70's and the early 
80's. It's a wild metaphysical ride, with reprinted rant tracts, 
correspondences between Live Aid, Joseph's own magickal workings, 
and the Great Work, a reincarnation of Mickey Mouse, and lots 
more. We didn't learn this stuff in school, that's for sure. (S-16/MG) 

























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MAINE PROGRESSIVE Mar. 1991 ($10/yr from 387 Gorham Rd., 
Scarborough, ME 04074): A coalition of progressive interests come 
together here, with the cover having labor news, an article on the 
threats of large trucks to Maine highways, and a pointer to the 
anti-war material within. They also print plenty of reviews and news 
briefs, plus contact info for Maine organizations. ( T-32t/MG) 

MAIN EVENT March-April 1991 ($1 from Slammers Wrestling 
Gym, PO Box 1602, Studio City, CA 91614): The newsletter from 
the gym that can train you to become a Gorgeous George if you 
want to. They also report on latest news at the gym and sell items 

like t-shirts and w restling watches. (L-4/CG) _ 

□MAN! #7-10 ($11/4 issues from 1611 West Sixth St., Austin, TX 
78703): A quarterly magazine addressing men's issues, relationships 
and recovery. Somewhat New Age in approach, the articles are 
sensitive and probing, covering lifestyles, health, rites of passage, 
intimacy and the courage of showing grief and anger. The 

photographs are s uperb. (S-49t/CG) _ 

MANTEIA #5 ($50/4 issues [no personal checks] from Sheila 
Wilding, 17645 via Sereno, Los Gatos, CA 95030): An international 
and probing magazine of the mantic arts—that includes tarot, I-Ching, 
runes, geomancy, symbolic games, etc. The articles on tarot are 
quite exploratory, with news of historical origins, female archetypes, 
the "Celtic Tarot," and a proposed draft for a tarot vocabulary. 

(S-56t/CG) __ 

MARKTIME #4 ($1 from Mark Strickert/ELCA, 8765 W. Higgins 
Rd., Chicago, IL 60631): A collection of notes on Mark's interests 
and bits from his apazines. He discusses his travels past and future, 
collections (including radio stations he can provide tapes of)/ fanzines, 
transit systems, and more. A myriad of interests to get fascinated 

by. (D-20r/MG) __ 

MASSACRE #2 ([pound]4 from Indelible Inc., BCM 1698, London, 
WC1N 3XX, ENGLAND): A risk-taking literary journal, a "sampler 
of possibilities." It explores experimental prose (some have to be 
read and deciphered a number of times), looks back on the Theatre 
of the Absurd and offers umpteen versions of Meryl Streeps mouth. 
Richard Kostelanetz's"Relationships" stands out and reads like most 
honest diaries should. Also check out Carol T. Noble's "The Evolution 
of Plot" for some more accessible originality. (D-8 4t/CG) 

MAT MARKETPLACE #2-3 ($2 from PO Box 2371, Jamaica Plain, 
MA 02130): A zine for wrestling fans who are into wrestling 
collectibles. They run listings for free (on a space-available basis) 
and feature articles about the history of the sport and various things 
one might pick up to remember it by. Very well produced. #3 
spotlights the vari ous series of wrestling trading c ards. (S-lOt/MG) 
MAXINE'S PAGES #14 ($1 from Crystal Rain, PO Box 866, 
Manchester, GA 31816): This time around the mysterious Maxine 
takes a look at the drugs outlawed by the Georgia Criminal Code. 
What a surprise, she finds natural botanical sources for most of 
them, and even appends a list of references and a list of sources! 
There is also a report from the most recent meeting of the 

Southeastern Small Press. (S-4/MG) _ 

□MEANDERER #1-2 ($1 (?) from Sherman T. Chan, 70-08 165 
St., Flushing, NY 11365-4224): A zine of personal recollections 
illustrated with photos—unfortunately, many of the photos in the 
first issue were too dark to copy well; fortunately, the problem is 
licked in #2. #1 tells the story of Sherman's New Year's in Times 
Square, which was apparently not nearly as fun as it looks on TV. 

#2 explores life in a dormitory. (S-10/MG) _ 

MENTERTAINMENT Mar. 1991 ($1.50 from Box 9445, Elizabeth, 
NJ 07202): This one comes in several different local editions in the 
Northeast, each devoted to erotic dancers, strippers, and the bars 
and clubs where you can see them. Editor Sophie talks to the girls 
and the guys, prints plenty of photos, and encourages a happy 

chatty letter colum n. (S-60t/MG) _ 

MESECHABE #8 ($12/yr from 7725 Cohn St., New Orleans, LA 
70118): "The Journal of Surre(gion)alism", this one mixes a 
commitment to a saner ecological vision for the lower Mississippi 
with a variety of art and culture pages. This issue starts off with 
some notes on the Mardi Gras Indians, a bit of folk knowledge not 
well preserved. There are poems and book reviews and drawings 
of new constellations too, all apparently in the hopes of waking 
people up to a kn owledge of connections with the earth. (S-28t/MG) 
MESSAGE POST March 1991 ($1 from POBox 190, Philomath, 


OR 97370): "Portable Dwelling Info-Letter" written by and for readers 
who wish to learn how to live lightly and portably. Solar energy 
products, horse-trekking, gatherings and even related zine reviews 
listed. They also have a listing of light living products for sale. 

(D-20r/CG) _ 

MGM April 1991 ($1 from POBox 1124, Keene, NH 03431): This 
stands for Monadnock Gay Men, a newsletter from a group who 
meets on a weekly basis. The two-sided broadsheet lists events, 
plans for the summer, support and counseling groups and some 
reprints from local newspapers about recent hate crimes. (S-2/CG) 
□MICHTAV-HABIRU Vol.l #1 ($2 Sample copy from POBox 106, 
Allston, MA 02134): A new bimonthly periodical of the Jewish-Pagan 
network. Continuing research into the roots of Judaism and its 
nature-religion origins combine with erudite discussions (with the 
celebrated Jacob Rabinowitz and pickled herring and vodka) on the 
ancestry of Rabbinic Judaism. A reading list is included, along with 
an appeal for cont ributors and reader response. (D -12r/CG) 

newMICMAC-MALISEET NATIONS NEWS Vol. 2 #1-4 ($12/yr 
in Canada, $20/yr elsewhere from The Confederacy of Mainland 
Micmacs, PO Box 1590, Truro, NS B2N 5V3, CANADA): An 
independent newspaper for Native people on the Atlantic coast 
(primarily of Canada, though I note a bit of Maine news too). They're 
going strong without government help, coverings sports, culture, 

politics, and lots more. (T-36t/MG) _ 

MICROWAVE NEWS Vol. 11 #2 ($250/6 issues from PO Box 
1799, Grand Central Sta., New York, NY 10163): A continuing survey 
of the various research, medical and legislative news surrounding 
the hazards of non-ionizing radiation. Along with more on power 
line exposure and the possible dangers of VDTs during pregnancy, 
this issue reports on a cluster of suspicious cancer cases in police 

officers using rada r guns. (S-12t/MG) _ 

MIDNIGHT IN HELL #5 ($2 from The Cettage, Smithy Brae, 
Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, PA13 4EN, SCOTLAND): A zine of short 
horrific fiction, notes from the various horror media, and dark art. 
James Morrison scores here with "Strange Ways to Kill", which 
starts out as something like a James Bond pastiche and ends with 

a delicious bit of nastiness. (A4-20/MG0 _ 

□MIDNIGHT ZOO Vol. 1 #2 ($4.95 from PO Box 8040, Walnut 
Creek, CA 94596): A fat zine of SF & horror and fantasy small press 
work, with dozens of stories, artwork, reviews, advice for writers, 
and more. Kevin O'Donnell Jr. hits the mark with "Far From the 
Madding Crowd" while Bucky Montgomery gets slightly risque in 
"It's Not the Size That Counts"—to name just two of the writers 
here. This one should keep genre readers busy for quite a while. 


(S-152t/MG) 

MIND MATTERS REVIEW #9A ($8/yr from 2040 Polk St. #234, 
San Francisco, CA 94109): A wordy but nonetheless sincere effort 
to ensure the separation and distinguishing aspects of the mind over 
most philosophies, religions, and matters that sometimes rely solely 
on emotions—such as the former. They do not take any policial 
stands, only enough to reiterate that there are more than a few 
stands out there and each should be heard from. Interesting article 
on dualism and how it 
functions in relation to 
propaganda. (A4-6/CG) 

MIRKWOOD #3 ($2 
from Joe Lane, PO Box 
4083, Terre Haute, IN 
47804): This is FF colum¬ 
nist Joe Lane's own zine, 
about the ins and outs of 
small press publishing. In 
this issue Joe Singer, Fred 
Woodworth and others 
tackle the question of dis¬ 
tribution—Fred in partic¬ 
ular is his usual delightful 
cantankerous self. Hal 
Speer also ruminates on 
the economics of maga¬ 
zine manufacturing in the 
mainstream. (D-20r/MG) 

MISC. #54-55 ($7/yr 
from Clark Humphrey, 


JMnngu JStack 

Has Lunch With Eris... 

Drops Acid With "Bob "... 
Made Ace Backwards Pope... 
What can We do for You? 
Anarchy, Political Humor, Twisted 
Satire and Original Cartoons. New 
writers always welcome. $2 for 2 
sample issues to: 1750 30th st #323, 
Boulder, Co. 80301 (303) 440-9825. 

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1630 Boylston Box #203, Seattle, WA 98122): Social commentary and 
wit from Clark, who tells us things we didn't even know we needed 
to know—like the connection between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
and imitation imitation vanilla. The war's silliness is also prominent 
in #54, along with local cultural offerings. Fax subs also available 
for $9 a year. (S-2 t/MG) _ 

MONGO STACK Vol. II ($3 from 1750 30th St. #323, Boulder, 
CO 80301): Humor with a strong Discordian influence. This issue in 
fact reprints from some classic Discordian works, including one that 
hasn't even been published yet! There are also Ace Backwords 
cartoons, an essay about zines and memes by Mark Frauenfelder, 
reviews of strange books, and a proposal to make gambling 
mandatory. It's a weird world out there. (S-24t/MG) 

MONK #10 ($18/8 issues from 175 Fifth Ave. #2322, New York, 
NY 10010): This is certainly the most wildly successful personalzine 
ever, Mike and Jim Monk having parlayed their travels into a glossy 
mag with a fat circulation and trendy ads. The core is still their 
observations of the human herd, from Annie Sprinkle's latest to 
Coney Island to the horrors of having their motorhome burglarized. 
Mike turned 40 for this issue, and a substantial chunk of it is devoted 
to examining his mid-life crisis. (S-80t/MG) _ 

MONSTER #49-53/54 (50* from Kronos Productions, MPO Box 
67, Oberlin, OH 44074-0067): Coverage of movies about monsters, 
from the classic ridiculousness of Abbott and Costello monster movies 
through Godzilla to the latest foreign spectacles. #51/52 is a 75* 
double issue on movies Tim Paxton is hying to track down based 
on intriguing publi city shots and mentions. (D-8t/M G) 

MONSTERS & MOVIES ($1.50 (?) from Peripheral Press, PO 
Box 6920, Alexandria, VA 22306): A zine for those who cut their 
teeth on horror movies on TV. This issue is devoted entirely to 
Morgus, a New Orleans host who had some brief popularity 
elsewhere in the country. Includes clippings, essays, and some 
history. (D-32/MG) 

THE MOUNTAIN ASTROLOGER Apr./May 1991 ($3.50 from PO 
Box 11292, Berkeley, CA 94701): A fat zine covering all aspects of 
modern astrology. There is astrological analysis of world affairs, 

SEX SLAVES 


Are featured frequently in my sleazy, perverted zines, which are: 

Naughty Naked Dreamgirls #8 - It’s bath time for Alicia, but 
only for her rectum! Plus: A wild weekend of whips and chains! 
REVIEWED IN THE ZINES SECTION OF FACTSHEET FIVE 

Naughty Lingerie #3 - Sex kitten Susie is taught the pleasures of 
pooping! Then: A backyard orgy! And: Driving naked in L.A.! 
REVIEWED IN THE ZINES SECTION OF FACTSHEET FIVE 

Each zine is 18 big pages, postpaid! Adults only. 
NEW text gives you much more story per page! 

PRO artwork covers by Eric Peterson! 

Prices: U.S: $2.00 per issue. Canada: $3.00 per issue. Foreign: 
$4.00 per issue. We pay ALL postage, even to foreign countries! 
U.S. Dollars only. Checks must be made payable to Andrew Roller 

Andrew Roller, P.O. Box 221295, Sacramento, CA 95822, U.S .A. 

Your cash order SHIPPED WITHIN 24 HOURS if it is in stock. 

All zines are now mailed in envelopes! 
All back issues now in stock! $2.00 each 


notes on new kinds of charts, astrology cartoons, "The Myths of 
Pluto", the relationship between astrology and psychometry, and 
plenty more. (S-60 t/MG) _ 

MSRRT NEWSLETTER Vol. 4 #3 (52* SASE from Chris Dodge 
& Jan DeSirey, 4645 Columbus Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407): A 
newsletter for socially-conscious librarians and interested others. They 
review periodicals and books that might otherwise slip through the 
cracks, and note ways in which librarians can organize. War 
resistance is still h ot in #3. (S-16/MG) _ 

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SELF-HELP PROJECT NEWSLETTER 
Vol. 5 #4 (SASE from PO Box 7573, Berkeley, CA 94707): This one 
is strictly no-frills. The focus is on providing useful information to 
MS patients, whether this be new devices for low-stress exercise, 
addresses for catal ogs, or reviews of current book s. (S-3/MG) 

MURTAUGH ($1(?) from Spike Vrusho, 137 Emerson PI., 
Brooklyn, NY 11205): Baseball season is upon us now and Spike 
and pals have brought back this singular zine of America's pasttime 
and other assorted goodies. He's since moved to "the cradle of 
baseball" and talks about Brooklyn, some baseball memories, a 
dialogue with Hill Of Beans, and some music. With every issue 
comes your very own baseball card. Can somebody tell me what 
the "Rust Belt" is? (S-8/CG) 

MUSEUM INSIGHTS Vol. 3 #2 ($28/6 issues from PO Box 313, 
North Amherst, MA 01059): Nancy Frazier edits this little gem, a 
continuing guide to museums off the beaten path that are worth a 
visit. This issue has the Worcester Art Museum and the Asian Art 
Museum in Golden Gate Park. There's also a note from Hal Speer 
on the occasion of visiting the Dillinger Museum, and other good 
pointers. (S-8t/MG) 

THE MYSTERY & ADVENTURE SERIES REVIEW #23 ($10/4 
issues from Fred Woodworth, PO Box 3488, Tucson, AZ 85722): 
More for people who love the Hardy Boys, Tommy Rockford, Kid 
Rio and dozens of other series characters. Along with reviews and 
reminiscence you get a good dose of Woodworth orneriness, with 
strong comments on everything from rip-off prices to the decline of 
typography to the stupidity of Morse Code. (D-44 t/MG) 

NAAPM NEWSLETTER #47 ($10/yr from 2735 Benvenue #3, 
Berkeley, CA 94705): The initials stand for the National Association 
for the Advancement of Perry Mason and you guessed it, that's 
what this newsletter is all about. This issue talks to S. John Launer, 
the actor who played a semi-regular judge on the television series 
for many years. It also has PM history, books for sale, videographics, 
and an article on Marshall Houts, legal consultant on the program 
and friend of Erie Stanley Gardner. (D-18/CG) 

NAMBLA BULLETIN Vol. 12 #1-3 ($30/yr from PO Box 174, 
Midtown Sta., New York, NY 10018): The newsletter of the North 
American Man/Boy Love Association, a group that insists that 
consensual relationships between men and boys are not necessarily 
evil. They print legal notes from all over, bits of fiction, and news 
on the image of pedophiles in the gay community. #2 has a really 
excellent article on the new Federal laws on child pornography, and 
their tendency to approach thoughtcrime proportio ns. (S-24t/MG) 

N'APA #129 (Contact Tim Gatewood, PO Box 12921, Memphis, 
TN 38182-0921): This is the Neffer Amateur Press Alliance, sponsored 
by the National Federation of Fantasy Fans, a group that tries to 
make new people at home in SF fandom. Loosely the discussions 
revolve around SF, but in fact people bring in all sorts of things 
from life and elsewhere. A relatively small but chatty bunch. 
(S-95/MG)_ 

□NARC #1 ($1.50 from PO Box 1929, Stn. C^Kitchener, ONT, 
N2G 4R4, CANADA): No, this isn't for drug cops; it's an acronym 
for New Artist Review Co-Op, a litzine that intends to publish on 
the basis of merit rather than name. They've got a good mix the 
first issue; what stands out for me is Karl Czekus's short story "For 
Janice", a lovely bit of modern terror and love. Kevin Cogliano also 
writes a nice stick, and there is plenty of poetry, including strong 
pieces from John Pastway and Bonnie Belanger. (Q -12t/MG) 

□NATIONAL PUBLIC HUMOR NEWSLETTER Vol. IV #3 ($12/12 
issues from PO Box 21, Cheshire, CT 06410): A zine of humor that 
seems to go out of its way to offend. There are gay jokes and 
religion jokes, but the preponderance of the material in here is 
related to the war. Some of this stuff you'll laugh at (and wish you 
hadn't); some will just offend you, unless your taste is seriously 
deteriorated. (S-6/MG) 






















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NATURALLY #2 ($5.00 Sample issue from POBox 203, Pequann- 
ock, NJ 07440): The quarterly naturist magazine from Events 
Unlimited. They discuss various nudist and naturist camps around 
the world, alternvative resorts and vacation plans, and the historical 
bare-breastedness in India. The editorials speak of the paradox of 
allowing children t o see other naked bodies. (S-37 t/CG) 

NAUGHTY LINGERIE #3 ($2 & Age Statement from Andrew 
Roller, PO Box 221295, Sacramento, CA 95822): Is it my imagination 
or is Andrew Roller's fiction getting even kinkier? This one has 
added defecation to the list of fascinating subjects, which of course 
includes bondage, whippings, and couplings with anyone handy. 
This issue also add s reviews of Playboy videos to th e mix. (S-18t/MG) 
NAUGHTY NAKED DREAMGIRLS #8 ($2 & Age Statement 
from Andrew Roller, PO Box 221295, Sacramento, CA 95822): 
Andrew's tale of "A Mansion for Masochists" continues in this issue, 
with new ideas for sexual acts and ludicrous high-class situations of 
domination and b ondage. Furious one-handed read ing. (S-18t/MG) 
□NCYCLOPEDIA MOPPA CHATKO Vol. Zero ($5 from Wayne 
A. Lee, Box 34064, Scotia Square Postal Outlet, Halifax, NS B3J 3S1, 
CANADA): This is...weird. The closest thing I've seen to hypertext 
in a printed medium, it's a mix of prose and art section, chopped 
up and sprinkled through the pages. They tell the story of the NMC, 
a strange and dangerous SF book from the future, and what it does 
to Thom and Jane t. A trippy work indeed. (D-56r /MG) 

ND #14 ($3.00 from PO Box 4144, Austin, TX 78765): An arts 
focus publication, featuring interviews with up-and-coming or 
already-here-but-need-more-exposure artists from performance art to 
mail art. Interviews include Carolee Schneemann, Scott MacLeod, 
Lloyd Dunn, Ken Montgomery (plus others), plus a focus on the 
International Mail Art Symposium in the USSR. They also include 
their own brand of audio and zine reviews in a style that I found 

particularly fresh. (D-42r/CG) _ 

NEOLOGY #72 ($2.50 from ESFACAS, Box 4071 PSSE, Edmonton, 
Alberta, T6E 4S8, CANADA): A science fiction zine that actually 
spends a good bit of ink reviewing books. Dale Speirs also discusses 
the possibility of a distinctively Canadian SF. There's some ESFACAS 
biz, convention reports, and a nice bunch of Iocs (including a 
continued USSR c onnection) as well. (S-14t/MG) 

THE NEON NEWS #7 ($4 from Ted Pirsig and Val Crawford, 
PO Box 668, Volcano, HI 96785): Everything you always wanted to 
know about the art and profession of making neon signs, and then 
some. This issue has several articles about shop safety, notes on 
neon jobs from hell, pointers to catalogs and sources, and more. 
Nice interview with the last fraduate of a famous neon-benders' 

school. (S-12t/MG)_ 

NETWORK Vol. 6 #1 ($10/yr from PO Box 687, Washington Sta., 
Buffalo, NY 14205): A New Age tabloid with a variety of features, 
from a comparison chart of recycled (and other) toilet paper to some 
incomprehensible fractal pseudoscience. Staying fit, helping the 
environment, and developing links with the world seem to be the 

main themes here. (T-20t/MG) _ 

NEW AGE PATRIOT Vol. 1 #4 ($1 from PO Box 419, Dearborn 
Hts., MI 48127): This one follows on the popular book THE 
EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES in pressing for immediate 
marijuana legalization to cure a host of our societal ills. This issue 
looks at the energy possibilities of growing dope for fuel alcohol, 
and also argues for ending the drug war on other gr ounds. (S-8t/MG) 
□NEW BLOOD #7 ($4 from 540 W. Foothill Blvd. #3730, Glendora, 
CA 91740): A zine of horror fiction and related topics. This issue 
opens with a completely disposable Star Trek parody comic, but 
improves rapidly from there. Highlights include Pat Jankiewicz's 
interview with Linnea Quigley, a survey of other genre small press 
zines, and a luscio us story by Joe R. Lansdale. (S -68t/MG) 

□THE NEW CENSORSHIP Vol. 1 #10-11/12 ($2.50 from 2953 
Wyandot St. #10, Denver, CO 80211): A literary zine which tends 
towards experimental, on-the-edge work, as well as more photog¬ 
raphy than one usually finds in such forums. At times it feels a bit 
workshoppy, but the best pieces—like Beth Borrus's "Grace Pays 
Someone" or Anne Waldman's "Fait Accompli" manage to provoke 
a lot with their sk illful weaving of images and wo rds. (S-20t/MG) 
NEW FORCES Vol. 3 #2 ($5/12 issues from 6505 E. Central #176, 
Wichita, KS 67206): The opening essay in this issue takes a position 
unusual in the zine world: that we did the right thing in Iraq, and 


that we should be proud of being victorious. Inside, there is more 
on the career of Rev. Gerald Winrod and reviews of some right and 

far-right books. (S -4/MG) _ 

□NEW GENERATION NEWS #4 (50* from 48 N. Third St., 
Emmaus, PA 18049): A newsletter which preaches the idea of 
"regeneration", in several contexts. They seem to start from the 
Christian theological position which is gaining in popularity, but tie 
this in to both eco logical and economic regenerati on. (S-8t/MG) 
NEW MOON RISING Vol. 3 #2 ($3 from Mystic Moon, 8818 
Troy St., Spring Valley, CA 91977): A zine of practical magick that 
ranges from Wiccan to Thelemic. This one includes an article 
explaining some of the basic grades of Thelemic practice, more 
rituals, love spells, Celtic magic, and some material channeled from 

Lazaris. (S-36t/MG)_ 

NEW PLAYS & PLAYWRIGHTS Vol. 5 #1 ($1 (?) from PO Box 
14524, Chicago, ILL 60614): A zine specifically for the theater 
community of the Midwest, with an emphasis on smaller independent 
companies and newer playwrights. It features interviews and reviews, 
concentrating on the craft of writing and staging a new play. 

(S-16t/MG) _ 

NEWS & LETTERS Vol. 36 #7 (25* from 59 E. Van Buren St. 
#707, Chicago, IL 60605): Analysis of world affairs from a Marxist 
splinter group point of view—in this case, Marxist-Humanism, as 
championed by the late Raya Dunayevskaya. "Gulf war ends: battle 
for mind of humanity intensifies" is their lead salvo here, as the 
forces of history grind everything to fit their mindset and programme. 

(T-12t/MG) _ 

NEW SETTLER INTERVIEW #56 ($12.50/12 issues from PO Box 
730, Willits, CA 95490): A voice for the alternative community in 
Northern California and thereabouts. This time around, Beth talks 
with singer Cecelia Ostrow about healing the planet, and with healer 
Mary Buckley abou t acupressure. Always thoughtful stuff. (S-56t/MG) 
NEWS FROM APROVECHO Mar. 1991 ($15/yr from The 
Aprovecho Institute, 80574 Hazelton Rd., Cottage Grove, OR 97424): 
The Aprovecho Institute is a bunch of folks into work on 
permaculture and other sustainable patterns of life. This issue has 
pieces on community-supported agriculture, further notes on avoiding 
toilet paper, and Heifer Project International's permaculture work, 
to name a few. In novative and exciting. (S-12r/MG ) 

NEWSLETTER OF THE COALITION FOR JOBS AND THE 
ENVIRONMENT Vol. 1 #5 ($6/yr from 114 Court St., PO Box 645, 
Abingdon, VA 24210): These folks are interested in a whole heap 
of social issues, ones united by the fact that economic clashes 
between profit and people or land engender them. They network 
together a lot of member groups, give hints on practical political 
action, and try to see that people have decent liv es. (S-6t/MG) 
NEWS OF THE WEIRD #6 ($8/7 issues from Chuck Shepherd, 
PO Box 57141, Washington, DC 20037): A record of the bizarre side 
of living in the modern world, courtesy of stories gleaned from 
reputable news sources. Astronomical Tokyo real-estate prices, bits 
of anonymous flesh in a meal, overblown violence, failed justice, 
and the price of Czech beer all show up in this issue. Astounding 
how strange people are. Chuck is also offering his previously Top 
Secret personal compendium of weirdness, VIEW FROM THE 
LEDGE, to NOTW subscribers; you can get a sample of both for 

$1. (S-4t/MG) _ 

NEW UNIONIST #164-165 ($3/10 issues from 621 W. Lake St. 
#210, Minneapolis, MN 55408): A revolutionary socialist syndicalist 
paper. They are refreshing, however, in that their analyses (for all 
that I often disagree with their point of view) are clear and direct, 
and focused on real problems. The war as smokescreen is one the 

main themes of # 164. (T-4t/MG) _ 

A NEW WORLD RISING #15-16 ($1.00 from Box 33, 77 Ives 
St., Providence, RI 02906): Tabloid sized collection of peace, love, 
the Grateful Dead, and related sentiment all tossed around on the 
page. Kind of hippyish in tone, it's random lay-out gives it the feel 
of a big bulletin board where everyone writes their name, address 

and dogma. (T-8r/ CG) _ 

THE NEW XAYMACA Vol. 1 #3 (50* from JMU Box 5434, 
Harrisonburg, VA 22807): A tabloid of opinion and opposition. They 
decry the use of the war as a way to get rid of "The Vietnam 
Syndrome", look at the problems faced by black feminists, and look 
at America's place in the world. Intellectually stimulating essays. 






























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(T-4t/MG) 

□NEW YORK PUBLISHING EMPLOYMENT NEWS 3/25/91- 
4/25/91 ($5 from NY Publishing, PO Box 5454, Long Island City, NY 
11105): This one is a listing of jobs in the publishing industry in 
New York. Each one is only a few lines, listing position, duties, 
requirements and who to call. (S-3t/MG) 

□NOBODY LIVES FOREVER #1 ($1 from PO Box 835723, 
Richardson, TX 75083-5723): Another zine that plays off the modern 
fascination for death. These people do it with a sense of humor and 
of approaching apocalypse. They've got some film noir and detective 
fiction, autopsy bit s, and assorted gruesomeness. (HL-20r/MG) 

NO BS Oct. 1990 ($2 CASH/Stamps from 555 Buckingham Way, 
San Francisco, CA 94132): A collection of clippings with wraparound 
color covers. Mostly it's deranged and morbid stuff, likfe the guy 
who rammed 18 cars because God told him he could drive through 
them. There are beatings, drowned cows, pizza and marijuana 
takeouts, and othe r foibles of human nature. (S-20 t/MG) 

□NO DOGS OR PHILOSOPHERS ALLOWED Feb. 1991 (Dona¬ 
tion (?) from PO Box 10325, Arlington, VA 22210): Another new 
idea under the sun here: a television program about philosophy. So 
far carried only on a couple of Virginia cable stations, the show 
looks like it takes a pretty wild approach, replete with strange props 
and freewheeling discussions. (S-4t/MG) 

NO NATION BULLETIN #7 ($5 [CASH OR IMO ONLY] from 
Soren Groth, Industrigatan 9 str., 15300 Jarna, SWEDEN): A 
syndicalist newsletters of international scope. There are contributions 
from Nigeria, Mozambique, Sweden, USSR—all seeking freedom and 
friendship through grassroots action. Some contents may be a bit 
disturbing (such as the open letter to Khadafi), but they are sincere 
in uniting the independent trade union movement. (D-16r/CG) 

NON COMPOS MENTIS #4 (Donations of stamps ONLY from 
Scott K. Smith #74481, ASP-Rincon, 10,000 S. Wilmot Rd., Tucson,' 
AZ 85777): This is a literary mini produced from within the Arizona 
State Prison system—which means that it is important that you do 
not put the zine's name on the envelope. Scott publishes a mix of 
work from the free world and inside, including fine prison art, 
poetry by Claire, short fiction from Victoria Brossard, and more. 
(M-40t/MG) 

NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST REVIEW #4 (SASE from 
CAL, PO Box 1446, Columbia, MO 65205-1446): A book review 
tabloid with an emphasis on material of interest to anarchists. 
Sometimes these are short notices; other pieces, such as Neal 
Keating's review of Ernest Mann's book on the Priceless Economic 
System, are ideological essays in themselves. Some good stuff lurking 
here that you wo n't find in your local B. Dalton. (T-8t/MG) 

NOTES FROM THE DUMP #88-91 ($20/yr from Terry Ward, PO 
Box 39, Acworth, NH 03601): Terry's personalzine is still chugging 
along, picking up frequent media mentions and entertaining those 
of us who knew him before he was famous. Read about har<J-living 
folks he has known, working at the dump, struggling with the 
booze, or just enjoying the peace of the mountains. You never know 
what will turn up next, from classical music to world affairs. 

□NOTES FROM THE HANGAR Vol.l #1 (Contact National UFO 


Here's What's in Obscure #11: 



P0 Box 1334, Milwaukee, Wl 53201 


Museum, POBox 20593, Sun Valley, NV 89433): The voice of the 
National UFO Museum, this premiere issue explores many sides of 
ufology, including disinformation, the Scientology/UFO relationship, 
sightings, and Reich's CONTACT WITH SPACE. Most fascinating 
were the further revelations regarding the Dulce Base, where many 
believe alien/genetic experiments are performed and hidden. Fat and 
filled with goodies for the UFO enthusiast. (D-60/C G) 

NOTES FROM WINDWARD Year 3 #5 ($15/8 issues from The 
Windward Foundation Press, 55 Windward Lane, Klickitat, WA 
98628): A combination diary and newsletter from an intentional 
community way up in the Pacific Northwest. More on goat-breeding, 
installing septic tanks, life changing and the joys and sorrows of 
living in a co-housing arrangement. It looks hard, but it also looks 
mighty worth it. ( S-19t/CG) _ 

NOT YOUR BITCH #6 ($1 (?) from Gypsy X., 1072 Dayton Ave., 
St. Paul, MN 55104): Very strong writing from a variety of feminist, 
punk, anarchist, lesbian and survivor points of view—or maybe it's 
only one point of view, as everything seems to be anonymous. 
There are bits here about being molested, about prostitution, about 
eating meat, and about many other injustices in the world—blunt, 
heartfelt, disturbing. (D-24r/MG) 

NOVA EXPRESS Vol. 3 #3 ($10/4 issues from PO Box 27231, 
Austin, TX 78755-2231): A SF fanzine that concentrates on writers 
and books. The major chunk of this issue is an interview with 
Pamela Sargent followed by an extensive bibliography of her work. 
They also review THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE and publish a weird 
story from G.L. Daum. (S-32t/MG) 

NOVOID #8 ($2 from Colin Hinz, PO Box 161, Orillia, ONT, 
L3V 6H9, CANADA): This is the "Art Strike" issue of Colin's zine, 
in a suitably non-artistic pedestrian style. Besides discussing that 
particular little debacle, he prints a great_article from Luke McGuff 
about a SRL show, encourages Clif Bennett to regain us with the 
contents of his file drawers, and confesses to taking L.S.D. in 
University. Plenty of letters too. My copy came with a copy of a 
weird little book by Serge Segay and Robin Crozier too. (S-34/MG) 

NOW WHAT? #3 ($1 from Archie Washington, 545 O'Farrell St. 
#506, San Francisco, CA 94102): A sort of personalzine, though it's 
hard to know what Archie will publish next. This issue has the 
lowdown on the Executive Orders that allow the President to take 
over the country, true Navy porno, and excerpts from a lawsuit 
involving the writ er's grandfather and incest charg es. (D-20/MG) 

□NPA NEWS ($20/yr from 2460 Juniper, Boulder, CO 80304): This 
is the newsletter of the National Poker Association, a group working 
to make poker legalized—comparing its current status to that of 
liquor during prohibition. Most of it is about legal maneuvering and 
court decisions, but they are also active in setting up benefit 
tournaments and s o on. (S-4t/MG) _ 

THE NUMBERS FACTSHEET Vol.l #3 (#16/yr from Moonbeam 
Press, POBox 149, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510): Edited by a special 
covert communications advisor, this is a newsletter of trackings of 
"numbers stations" and other shortwave/radio related topics. This 
issue talks about a spy museum in Havana (showing off the 
unintentional foul-ups of the CIA), numbers tracking in Israel, 
cryptography, and how CNN managed to hold its own in Baghdad 
while the other major broadcasters lost it. Fascinating. (S-ll/CG) 
□O-BLEK #8 ($5.50 from PO Box 1242, Stockbridge, MA 01262): 
Fat, digest-sized literary journal with the kind of writing that will 
someday be studied in literature classes (it was, in fact, partly funded 
by the NEA). Most of the poetry and prose included are laudable 
works and seem to be intensely selected, not just on a random 
basis. Much of the writing is experimental but with traditional roots. 
You should expect to see this on the shelves in literary bookstores. 
(D-197t/CG) 

OBSCURE PUBLICATIONS & VIDEO #11 ($5/5 issues from Jim 
Romanesko, PO Box 1334, Milwaukee, WI 53201): Jim interviews the 
people behind the small press, doing journalistic stories about a 
couple of zines in each issue. This time he tracks down the faces 
behind BRIMSTONE and PUNK PALS. He also does selective 
reviews, spotlighti ng a few of zinedom's finest each issue. (S-lOt/MG) 

THE OBSERVATION WARD #22 ($6/6 issues from Donald B. 
Ward, Park Alhambra 56, 999 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 
91801-5205): A gentle and friendly personalzine. Don passes on some 
messages of humor, notes on woodpeckers, and a plan for ending 
the recession in this issue. I always get a few chuckles out of his 








































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writing. (S-2t/MG) 

□ODDO #1 (Trade only from Oddone Ricci, CP 1045, Bologna 
Centro, ITALY): A distinctly offbeat zine, this one is a homage to 
American weird culture. Chesty Morgan, underground comics, garage 
rock and cartoons from vintage PLAYBOY are all part of the mix 
here, together with Oddone's own handwritten in English commen¬ 
tary. Strange cultu re at its strangest. (A4-22/MG) 

THE ODINIST #135 ($8/8 issues from PO Box 1647, Crystal River, 
FL 32623): A zine for those who are trying to get back to some of 
the older backbones of Anglo-Saxon culture, including the old Norse 
religion. The newsletter is a mix of religion, history and cultural 
commentary, with enough racial writing to be offputting to some. 
This one reports on their status and plans for the neat future, and 
continues the histo ry of the west to just past Charlem agne. (S-10/MG) 
OFF HOLLYWOOD REPORT Vol. 5 #6 ($25/yr from The 
Independent Feature Project, 132 W. 21st St., 6th FL, New York, 
NY 10011): A magazine for the independent filmmaker. They cover 
lots of ground: what foreign buyers are looking for (no surprise, 
it's inexpensive films with good sales potential), how to do car shots, 
a section on special effects, and so on. Includes news and gossip 

from around the i ndustry. (S-34t/MG) _ 

OFFICE NUMBER ONE May 1991 ($8.84/8 issues from 1709 San 
Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701): "A transformed version of Pure 
Truth" which emanates from various alternate universes. This one 
talks about the new costs of sin, the theory of limericks, and the 
current state of th e Victim Index. (HL-12r/MG) 

OFF THE WALL #24 (1 stamp from John & Kathe Burt, 960 SW 
Jefferson Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333): A collection of clippings from 
the walls of Blackberry house, where John and Kathe live. This issue 
has plenty of fractured headlines and a whole page of sweat ad 

deoderant material . (O-l/MG) _ 

ON OUR BACKS Mar./Apr. 1991 ($28/yr from Blush Entertain¬ 
ment Corp., 526 Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114): A sex/porno 
magazine by and for lesbians. Besides stories and photos spreads, 
they have advice columns (both on sex and on relationships) and 
feature articles. This issue takes an in-depth look at female-to-male 

transsexuals. (S-48t /MG) _ 

ON THE ISSUES Vol. 28 March 1991 ($9.50/4 issues from PO 
Box 3000, Dept OT1, Denville, NJ 07834): A superior feminist 
humanist quarterly that both culls related information from other 
media and offers its own brand of exceptional reporting. Chief articles 
include a discussion with Elie Weisel on love, abortion, Jewry, and 
women; a look at the "new" Poland where old problems such as 
rampant Anti-Semitism are erupting; a look at women in the media; 
population control; and a lighthearted commentary on women and 
dogs. It's really astonishing how much is packed into one issue. 

(S-45t/CG) _ 

□ON TOUR #1 ($1 from Dan Romanchik, 2113 Arborview, Ann 
Arbor, MI 48103): A new zine for bicycle tourists—not racers, not 
those interested in the latest bike fashion, just folks who like to 
ride around. It's anchored by Dan's own report of a ride through 
the Appalachians, told well enough to interest even this non-rider. 
Recipes, news of future tours, and short tips are also here. (S-6t/MG) 
THE OPTIMISTIC PEZZIMIST #8 ($3 Sample copy from Mike 
Robertson, PO Box 606, Dripping Springs, TX 78620): Pez freaks 
abound and here they convene, swap information and buy more 
stuff. Auction announcements, fun things to do with Pez dispensers 
(such as illuminate it, literally), a collector's profile, and "Pez That 
Never Were," showing dispenser hopefuls such as Pee Wee Herman 
and Freddy Krueger. More fun than you ever thought a supermarket 

item would be. (D -36t/CG) ______ 

□OPUNTIA #1 ($1 or The Usual from Dale Speirs, PO Box 6830, 
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2E7, CANADA): A zine of science fiction with 
a specifically Canadian emphasis. In this introductory issue. Dale 
discusses what makes Canadian SF, and invites stories about opuntiol 
for a contest—get a copy if you want to know just what this chemical 

is! (D-8r/MG) __ 

OREGON PAGAN COUNCIL NETWORK NEWSLETTER Vol. 2 
#4 ($2 from PO Box 1012, Oregon City, OR 97045): This one exists 
to help pagans in the Northwest develop a sense of community. 
They try to keep track of events and who has what services to 
offer. They also print short essays and advice from the pagan 
community. (S-12t/ MG) _ 


□ORGASMIC SURRENDER ($5/yr from Queer Riot Press, 2336 
Market St. #133, San Francisco, CA 94114): A zine with a single 
essay, at least in this issue. It's a basic rundown on the ideas of 
Wilhelm Reich, plugging the notion that they're being rehabilitated 
these days after y ears of suppression. (L-2t/MG) 

THE ORLANDO SPECTATOR #11 (59* postage from 2390 S. 
Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703-1870): An alternative paper 
with a good mix of features. This issue has a firsthand account of 
being harassed at an anti-war demo, a spread on how to refuse 
dissection in biology class, and notes on possible erosion of civil 
rights under martial law here. Plus they review goodies like the 
new ENCYCLOPE DIA OF BAD TASTE. (T-20t/MG ) 

□OTB MANIA Vol. II #IX-XII ($2 from Noble Publishers, 594 
Broadway #1208, New York, NY 10012): That price is for a FAXed 
copy; I don't see any mail-order info, but you could always write. 
This is a zine for horseplayers (for those of you outside New York, 
OTB is our legal chain of Off-Track Betting parlors). Scott Carson 
picks one race per issue, and tells you how confident he is and 
why. Witty writing, and not too far behind on money for the year 

to date either. (S- 2t/MG) _ 

OTHER REALMS #29 ($2.85 from Chuq Von Rospach, 35111-F 
Newark Blvd. #255, Newark, CA 94560): Except for particularly 
dismal photocopying, this SF reviewzine seems to be bigger and 
better than ever. Between Chuq and his staff and his readers there 
are dozens of books reviewed in detail, from new releases to classic 
reprints. Plus there are some interesting essays, the most amusing 
of which is an iconoclastic one about paper cups being worse for 

the environment t han foam ones. (5-52t/MG) _ 

OUT OF ORDER #10 ($1/4 issues from PO Box 5498, Atlanta, 
GA 30307): With this issue, Kerry Thomley has consolidated all his 
various wall posters under one title. You can still expect discordian- 
ism, conspiracy theory, weird artwork, and other things designed 
to wrench away y our conception of reality. (S-2/M G) 

OUT WEST #14 ($2.50 from 10522 Brunswick Rd., Grass Valley, 
CA 95945): The bombshell in this issue of this on-the-road newspaper 
is in the editorial: Chuck Woodbury got married! It hasn't changed 
the tone of this paper any, which visits campgrounds with oil wells, 
the inside of Hoover Dam, the town of Baghdad, the Grand Canyon, 
roadside cafes and all the wonderful character-loaded places that 

make the West th e only place to travel. _ 

OVERSPACE #11 ($4 (?) from 25 Sheldon Rd., Chippenham, 
Wiltshire, SN14 0BP, ENGLAND): A collection of short stories (plus 
a few odds and ends) that are loosely int he fantastic arena, perhaps 
fantastic realism. I am especially amused by the matched pair "The 
Girl of His Dreams" by Stan Dambrook and "Fromt he Other Side" 

by Zachary Kane. (A4-42/MG) _ 

□OVER THE EDGE #1 ($2 (?) from St. Elmo, PO Box 3082, 
Portsmouth, NH 03801): A collection of rants and raves from the 
mysterious St. Elmo. She writes of dysfunctional families, of the 
idiocies of hippies and disco freaks, of the sense of being cremated 
instead of buried. Loads of cynicism here and a generally depressed 

view of the world. (S-30/MG) _ 

□THE OVOFILE Vol. 1 #1 ($2 from Trevor Blake, PO Box 23061, 
Knoxville, TN 37933-1061): This is intended to be an interim zine 
between issues of Trevor's OVO. This issue has a long review of 
MY STRUGGLE WITH BOOJIE BOY, including quite a few excerpts. 
There's also his current list of addresses and some thoughts on 

OVO and other p rojects. (D-16/MG) _ 

THE OWL CREEK JOURNAL Vol. 2 #3 ($2 from Sacred Earth 
Alliance, PO Box 1832, Gambier, OH 43022): A zine of self-expression 
in many ways. This is the "Colliding Scopes" issue, with short 
stories, poems, anger and exploration—a literary medley. Mark 
Kinney proposes an economic strategy for peace, Paul Haaland 
explores the poetic dimensions of normal life cracked by exterior 

turmoil. (HL-30t/M G) _ 

OXALIS #14 ($10/2 issues from PO Box 3993, Kingston, NY 
12401): This issue has the winners of this litmag's 8th annual poetry 
and fiction contest. Notable pieces include the selection of poems 
from Bill Shields and short stories by Lucy Honig and Linda M. 
Owen. If I had to generalize, I would say sensitive, innovative work 

is the rule here. ( S-44/MG) _ 

OZONE #14/15 (Contact E. Owen DuBose, 3534-11 Buford Hwy., 
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members—the participation is a bit lopsided right now. The emphasis 
in OZONE is on running fiction and poetry, and commenting on 
the works of others; there is plenty to read and digest in this 
traveling writers' workshop. Contact Owen if you're interested in 
joining, or send a round $3 for a sample. (S-200/M G) 

PACIFIC OCEAN ECOLOGIST Feb./Mar.-Apr./May 1991 ($2 
from Bradley M. Gordon, PO Box 90775, San Diego, CA 92169): A 
zine of muckraking and opposition to the destruction of the 
environment. "The Car Explosion" headlines the first of these issues, 
while the lasting effects of Chernobyl and the nasty policies of Coors 

are in the second. (S-lOt/MG) _ 

PAGAN FREE PRESS #10 ($2 from Victor Brotte, PO Box 55223, 
Tulsa, OK 74155): A neopagan journal that invites contributions from 
all over. This time the issue is focused on rituals, with people 
contributing both structured material for full covens and smaller, 
personal rituals fo r self-development. (D-28r/MG) 

PAH! #43-46 (1 stamp from Mark Morelli, 702 Mae St., Kent, 
OH 44240): A zine of off-the-wall humor and occasional deep thought. 
#43 looks at the yellow ribbon phenomenon with a jaundiced eye. 
#44 and 45 are both composed of unpublished letters to the editor, 
showing Mark as a bizarre person indeed. (S-lt/M G) 

PALLAS SOCIETY NEWS Vol. 5 #4 ($9.50/4 issues from PO Box 
18211, Encino, CA 91316): A pagan zine loosely focused in the 
Southern California Craft community. There are lots of short bits in 
each issue—rituals and circles, thoughts on teaching newcomers, 
herbals, looks at various traditions. They also maintain a longish 

list of exchanges. (HL-52t/MG) _ 

PALMETTO POST #4 ($0-20 (sliding scale)/4 issues from St. 
Petersburg Religious Society of Friends do 130 19th Ave. SE, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33705): A fat journal of thought and essays provoked 
by the state of the Greens in Florida. They look at the corporate 
connections of major environmental organization boards, recount a 
Greenpeace action, and consider the movement vs. party dichotomy. 
Plenty to choose from, much of it on the level of strategy. (S-60t/MG) 
PAPERBACK PARADE #23 ($5 from PO Box 209, Brooklyn, NY 
11228): A zine for those who are into the joys of collecting vintage 
paperback books. The main feature in this issue is an article on the 
amazing life of the man who was Max Brand (as well as sundry 
other pseudonyms). There's also a report on recent trade shows, a 
checklist of British Tarzan imitations, and lots mor e. (D-70r/MG) 
PAPER RADIO #9 ($10/3 issues from PO Box 85302, Seattle, WA 
98145-1302): A litmag which inclines towards the outre, the titillating, 
and the convoluted. In particular they feature many short short 
stories, with the best—such as James Livingston's "Lunch" having 
a visceral imact. Arty nude photos, John Fain's tale of symphony 
lover oneupmanship, poems of attack and disintegration, there's a 
lot of work here that repays serious contemplation. (S-56t/MG) 





□PAPER TRAINED Vol. 1 #1-2 ($1 (?) from 1826 N. Harvard 
Blvd. #16, Hollywood, CA 90027): Satire from the highbrow to the 
downright nasty. These people do not recognize the idea of sacred 
cows. Gay mannerisms, the hell of work, Hollywood trendiness, 
annoying behavior and stupid celebrities are just a few of their 

targets. (HL-24r/MG)_ 

PARADISE 2000 Vol. 2 #1 (25* & SASE from Christopher B. 
Martin, Route 1 Box 373, Charlottesville, VA 22901-9605): The 
newsletter of the Paradise Project, Christopher's attempt to help us 
get "the world we want" by the turn of the century. So far it is 
mostly about the importance of being positive and creative rather 
than negative and reactive. (S-4t/MG) 

□THE PARTY'S OVER #3-4 (50* (?) from Autonome Forum, PO 
Box 366, Williamstown, MA 01267): A new anarchist zine apparently 
fixated on the romanticism of violent revolution. They report on 
marches in D.C., IRA bombings in England, and an apparent attempt 
to frame local campus activists right here at home. (D-4r/MG) 

THE PATRIOT REVIEW Vol. V #7 ($20/yr from PO Box 905, 
Sandy, OR 97055): A right-wing journal with the masthead slogan 
"Unless the American Patriot is Christian Liberty cannot be restored." 
Along with the usual stuff on evading the IRS, the bulk of this 
issue is Nord Davis's article on "Desert Shield and the New World 
Order", arguing that American is once again being manipulated by 
the Zionists, just as happened in World Wars I and II. (T-16t/MG) 
THE PATH REVIEW Vol. 4 #1 ($1 (?) from Shadow Network, 
PO Box 311, New Hyde Park, NY 11040): A small zine of occult 
connections. It reviews books and newsletters and reprints the 
occasional bit of mainstream news coverage—here some modern 
animism from Serbia. (S-4/MG) 

PEACE & FREEDOM Vol. 7 #1 ($1 & IRC from Paul Ranee, 17 
Farrow Road, Whaplode Drive, SpaldiTtg, S. Lincs.^ PE12 0TS, 
ENGLAND): This one is somewhere between literary magazine and 
political essay sheet. They review things which contribute to 
community, invite commentary on social issues, and publish plenty 

of sensitive materi al. (D-24r/MG) _ 

THE PEACEMAKER Vol.44 #1 ($1-/12 issues from Box 677, 
Garberville, CA 95440): A newsletter from very active grassroots war 
resisters. They are deeply committed to draft and war resistance, 
as shown by news bites from across the country, including tales of 
disarming a B-52 and a break-in and subsequent computer damage 
to a company that helps design nuclear weapons. (T-8t/CG) 

PEACE MEAL NOTES #6 (Donation from Steve Gulick, 2211 
Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA 19146): Steve is into theater and 
mime for social change, and presents some of his current ideas here 
This issue suggests ways to work for peace and social justice through 

making people thi nk via the arts. (S-2/MG) _ 

□PEACE NEWS Vol. 1 #2 ($1 from MacPublish, 24 Isla Vista, 
San Rafael, CA 94901): An outspoken new zine of the peace 
movement. One of the longest stories in this issue is "What Makes 
Americans So Stupid?" (they blame meat-eating a chunk of the 
blame). They also retell the story of St. George and the dragon in 
updated form, and generally avoid the cliches. (S- 12t/MG) 

□PEACE SCOPE Vol.l #1 ($1 (?) from Operation Safe Return, 
PO Box 5855, Asheville, NC 28813): Another peace zine spawned 
by the recent war. This one has notes on the racism at the front 
line, domestic protests that didn't make the news, and a networking 
section to help pu t together some of the new gro ups. (T-16/MG) 
PEACEWORK #206-207 ($15/yr from American Friends Service 
Committee, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140): A 
grassroots peace journal which of late has had plenty to work on 
and offered the question to its members: "What will it take to stop 
the war in the Persian Gulf?" Well, even though it's pretty much 
over, the answers are still edifying and shows a commitment to 
peace in general. Also discussed are what's been happening to 
military resisters and the subject of drafts. #207 discusses the lessons 
of the Peace Movement in regards to the Gulf War, Bush's "Human 
Rights Hypocrisy," and the nearness of spirituality in acts of civil 
disobedience. There's a resource, job, and network listing as well. 

(S-16t/CG) _ 

□PEERS OF THE REALM #1 ($6 from Ruth Dempsey, 357 W. 
Squire Dr. #1, Rochester, NY 14623-1770): "An all-British media 
fanzine"—that is, a collection of short stories written by fans of 
various British movies and series, set in those universes. There are 































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Robin of Sherwood pieces, Blake's 77, Dr. Who, the Avengers and 
lots more, plus art , poetry and songs. (S-56/MG) 

PENGUIN DIP #43 ($15/10 issues from Stephen H. Dorneman, 
94 Eastern Ave. #1, Malden, MA 02148): A combined Diplomacy 
and science fiction zine. Actually, though the SF is pretty well 
pushed out of #43, thanks to tons of letters, many focused on the 
recent war. There is also a delightful list by Harry Andruschak of 
ways to afford ov erseas vacations. (S__16t/MG) 

□PENPAL LIST #10 (2 stamps from Chris Detraz, MCC #174474, 
PO Box 7, Moberly, MO 65270): This is a list where the listings are 
feee and the presentation is without frills. Like Chris, most of the 
men listed are on the inside, and there is a singles orientation to 

the ads. (S-2/MG) _ 

PERELANDRA #85 ($1.50 from Pete Gaughan, 1521 S. Novato 
Blvd. #46, Novato, CA 94947-4147): A zine of mainly postal 
game-playing, with some short fiction thrown in for good measure. 
Pete is moderating everything from British Rail to Diplomacy to 
Monopoly to some sort of LORD OF THE RINGS game, and keeping 
plenty of people involved. There are also openings in various other 

games to come. (S -20t/MG) _ 

PERKINS PRESS Vol. 2 #1 d(9x12 52* SASE from 13 Perkins 
Ave., Northampton, MA 01060): A hodge-podge of writing, opinion, 
and art. There is a short story that confounds posing for a skin 
mag with growing up semi-abused and getting married; opinions 
pro and con on the Gulf War, and Some short poetry. Drawings 
and comics also wander in and out. Quite free-form, and looking 
for submissions. (T-16t/MG) 

PERSONAL ANARCHY Vol. 2 #6-7 (SASE for sample from 
Michael Ziesing, 44 Gifford Ave., Willimantic, CT 06226): A no-frills 
anarchist newsletter put out by a close friend of mine. Mike's anarchy 
is rooted in the here and now, trying to do the right thing in a 
complex world. But he doesn't monopolize the space here, instead 
excerpting from letters from his readers to make a thoughtful (and 
mostly anonymous) forum for discussion. (S-6/MG) 

□PERSPECTIVE #2 (Embossed SASE from Richard Miller, Box 
740 - 186789-JD, London, OH 43140): A small newsletter produced 
from within the Ohio state prison system. It includes some notes 
on institutional rules, an anti-war editorial, and a story about growing 
up with some guys who later made it as basketball pros. Poetry, 
cartoons, and chess also make these pages. Looking for contact with 
other prison publications. (HL-20/MG) 

P-FORM #20 ($2 from Randolph St. Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee, 
Chicago, IL 60622): The only zine we get that concentrates explicitly 
and directly on performance art. They review some performances 
and present transcripts of some others, and are well on their way 
to developing a critical perspective that actually makes sense to 
outsiders. The zine itself is well done, with innovative layout and 

good use of photo s. (S-32t/MG) _ 

PING THRONG #5 ($1 & a stamp from Lana Rebel, PO Box 
3689, Tucson, AZ 85722): A zine of miscellaneous creativity. There 
are short comics, a page of bicycles, a non-cashable check of love, 
epic poetry, the easiest crossword I've seen in a while,and more. 
Light-hearted and fun. (D-45/MG) 

PITTSBURGH HISTORY Spring 1991 ($30/membership from 4338 
Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213): A glossy historical magazine 
published by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. They 
cover in detail some of the more lively and colorful parts of 
Pittsburgh's past and also recapture some of the same spirit of 
purpose in doing so as the people who lived in those times. This 
issue features articles on the community of Jews who lived on "the 
Hill" prior to WWII and their lifestyle, and a look at an unusual 
pioneer of medical research who helped the development of treatment 
for throat disorders (and who also fought on both sides of the Civil 
War), to name tw o. Rich in history and respect fo r it. (S-47t/CG) 
PITTSBURGH'S C.A.R. #4 (30# from PO Box 7157, Pittsburgh, 
PA 15213): That stands for Campaign Against Racism, and this is 
their brief newsletter. This one looks at the racist makeup of the 
US military and reprints some correspondence they received from 
the Aryan Women's League. (S-2t/MG) 

□PLANET ROC Vol. 3 #2 ($5/yr from Simone Bouyer, PO Box 
476996, Chicago, IL 60647-6996): This one started out associated with 
an art gallery, but now there's no more gallery, leaving a nice litmag 
behind. Learn the teachings of the path of coffee consciousness. 


inspect some nice art, short fiction, poetry, whatever. Hip without 

being trendy. (HL- 16t/MG) _ 

PLAYER'S FORUM Vol. II ($1 from Terrence Miller, PO Box 28, 
Lynwood, WA 98046-0028): A zine for Play By Mail gamers. There 
are a bunch of multi-player games out there, moderated by computer, 
covering the ground from fantasy to modern war to galactic battles 
and beyond. This one is for the people to play them, and is concerned 
with the shape of the industry and what can be done to improve 

it. (D-20r/MG) _ 

PODIUM Feb.-Mar.-Apr. 1991 (Contact Podium Editor, ADTC, 
PO Box 190, Avenel, NJ 07001): A combined literary and news zine 
put out by the residents of the Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center, 
a special prison facility. There are a lot of things here: legal news, 
several different religious columns, sports inside and outside the 
prison, poetry, co mputers and plenty more. (S-64/ MG) 

THE POETIC EXPRESS Vol. 6 #2 (50# (?) from Maurice Greenia, 
Jr., PO Box 11381, Detroit, MI 48211): A single-sheet of literary 
experimentation. There are some poems here, some comics, but 
mostly flowing dreamy essays. Maurice has been at this for years, 
but its not made him much less opaque. (S-l/MG ) 

POINTS OF LIGHT Vol. IV #3-4 (SASE from 928 E. Fifth St., 
Brooklyn, NY 11230-2104): A pagan zine with an "omni-denomenatio- 
y nal viewpoint. #3 has a look at Easter/Eostre/Ostara, and an article 
on the difference between seekers and finders. (L-2/MG) 

POLITICAL CORRECTION #1-2 (No subs; exchanges welcome, 
free to libraries with letterhead request from TRA Dept. PC, PO Box 
8714, La Jolla, CA 92038): A wall poster intended to satirize the 
politically correct thinking that prevails on campus at UC San Diego. 
The first one has the delightful riddle "What's the difference between 
Los Angeles and San Diego? Videotape". #2 has a rooting song for. 
those who want to stomp the homeless, and an anthem for the 

new world order. (S-lt/MG) _ 

POLITICALLY INCORRECT Vol. 1 #4 ($1 CASH from PO Box 
170, 400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215): A zine of opinion and 
strangeness. The editor will tell you where to invest your money, 
give you the current Drug Price Index, and tell you all about why 
the government is such a ripoff. Life extension and guerrilla 
capitalism are underlying concerns. Fun and sometimes outrageous. 
(S-8/MG) 

POPPIN' ZITS #8 lite (2 ounce SASE and "worthy trade" from 
Jerod Pore, 1800 Market St. #141, San Francisco, CA 94102): This 
is the artwork of an issue of PZ, without the words over the top. 
It's a collage of light porno, meat packing plants, robotics, people 
in peril, and technical text, titled ""Food From Chaos". (S-12/MG) 
POPULAR LIFE #5 ($2.00 single issue from [make check payable 
to Mary Arp] LAMAR, 105 Belmont St., Rochester, NY 14620): The 
humor zine that picks up speed with every issue. Much of it is 
made up of old advertisements (you know, the kind you find in 
"women's" magazines of old), but they've started to add new 
features, one of them being a New York City report, and some 
recent fashion articles out of L.A. (D-16/CG) 

□PORK 'N' DART Mar. 1991 ($2 from Artworks, 3039 Q. St. 
NW #20, Washington, DC 20007): Arty, slick paper zine of art and 
writing and fashion that seems a bit shallow—or perhaps the writers 
are just swimming in different currents than I am. There's a stream 

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of consciousness funding rumination, a memory of scissors, 
wondering about f ashion, and ultra-desktop layout s. (S-4t/MG) 
PORTA-PLAY #2 ($1.00 from Scott Boehmer, 118 Surrey Lane, 
Lake Forest, IL 60045): A fanzine for the portable gaming 
society—that is, like Game Boy and other take-along video games. 
Here many games are reviewed (Rygar, NFL Football, Klax) with 
comment and input from a galley of users who obviously love and 
know the games. One of the features offers news and advice on 

accessories for lea ding games. (S-lOr/CG) _ 

THE POSITIVE TIMES Vol. 191 ($3 PO Box 244, West 
Stockbridge, MA 01266-0244): Ever want to create your own reality, 
preferably a happier, healthier one? Well, you;re not alone, and the 
folks here will help you metaprogram yourself towards that goal. 
With serious essays, cosmic billboards and short blips, they induce 
a feeling of happiness and fun for the future. Layout tends to be 
on the slapdash confusing side, but then clowns have always been 

a bit that way. (S- 20t/MG) _ 

THE POTASSIUM REVUE #3 ($1.50 from Mark S. Ivanhoe, 6923 
South Dr., Richmond, VA 23225-1303): This issue of Mark's 
personalzine leads off with a discussion of the previous issue's review 
in FF—and that's enough self-reference, thank you. (Don't worry, 
Mark, around here familiarity breeds better reviews). The best part 
is where he talks about his forthcoming novel VIRGINTOOTH, 
which sounds like it should be a good read. (S-12 /MG) 

POWEREDGE #34 ($17.70/yr from CFW Enterprises, PO Box 404, 
Mt. Morris, IL 61054): A great skateboarding magazine with a very 
distinctive visual style—clean, crisp, but not at all dry. They have 
lots of photos, interviews with the well-known skaters, new products, 

and a bit of skate- related music. (S-80t/MG) _ 

THE PRAGMATIST Vol. 8 #5 ($10/yr from PO Box 392, Forest 
Grove, PA 18922): A serious journal of libertarian political thought, 
concentrating on showing the utilitarian reasons for less government. 
This issue has some basic arguments for tax abolition, thoughts on 
innovative messages to get the libertarian word out, and an amusing 
piece about the problems of the Academically Unemployed Sociol¬ 
ogist. (S-16t/MG) __ 

THE PRAIRIE RAMBLER #163 ($1.23 from PO Box 505, 
Claremont, CA 91711-0505): A collection of interesting quips and 
quotes, apparently pruned from long hours at the library. This one 
has the classic management study of a symphony, Mike Royko 
smarting off, Kahlil Gibran not smarting off, Bennett Cerf, Gideon 
Tucker, and many more. Great browsing. (S-8t/MG ) 

THE PRINTER Vol.5 #59 ($20/yr membership from Box 1402, 
Findlay, OH 45840): Newsletter for that small but fiercely loyal group 
of letterpress printers out there. They talk about new advancements 
and how sometimes they may not be so advancing (such as the 
loss of the ligature in typesetting—those funny combined letters like 
"ff" and "fl"). They also discover new and old printing treasures, 
techniques and ha ve a collector's corner. (T-12t/CG ) 

THE PRINTER'S DEVIL #10 ($2.10 from Joe Singer, Mother of 
Ashes Press, PO Box 66, Harrison, ID 83833-0066): Tidbits about 
printing for the small publisher who wants to get into the hands-dirty 
side of things. In this issue, Fred Woodworth writes of moving 
small presses, Joe reproduces a section on plate photography from 
a vintage book, and as always there are plenty of opinionated 

reviews. (S-24t/MG)_ 

PRINTER'S INK Vol. 6 #4 (On request from Thomson-Shore, 
7300 W. Joy Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-0305): A newsletter from one of 
the best of the short-run book printing companies. If things like 
4-color separations, color trapping and recycled paper interest you, 
this is definitely worth getting. And if you have a book project 
coming up, every issue has a quote form in it. (S -4t/MG) 

PRISONER'S LEGAL NEWS Vol.2 #3-4 (Donation from POBox 
1684, Lake Worth, FL 33460): News gathered from behind the walls, 
this newsletter is intended to educate readers about many of the 
legal and ethical issues of prison life. They discuss prison discipline, 
sex offender treatment in Washington state in relation to the Civil 
Commitment law, equal sentencing systems, and many other current 
issues. Reader res ponse seems to be picking up, t oo. (S-lOt/CG) 
PRISON NEWS SERVICE Mar./Apr. 1991 ($10/yr suggested 
donation from PSC Publishers, PO Box 5052, Stn. A, Toronto, ONT, 
M5W 1W4, CANADA): A tabloid of support for prisoners all over 
North America, with an emphasis on class war and political prisoners. 


They feature articles about the system and conditions as well as a 
lot of letters from the prisoners themselves. (T-20t /MG) 

PROGRESSIVE PRAGMATIST Vol. V #5 ($12/6 issues from 
Nicholas J. Nigro, Jr., 3214 Tibbett Ave., Bronx, NY 10463): An 
aggressively reasonable publication of politics and other opinions. 
This issue reviews the great tyrants of the 20th century (Hussein 
makes the list but doesn't top it) as well as a book of Ally Sheedy's 
poetry. There are also strong words on war and a short bit urging 
McGovern not to run for President again. (S-12/M G) 

□PROPAGANDA REVIEW #7 ($2/4 issues from Media Alliance, 
Bldg. D, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123): A look at 
the way the media and government distort the truth, from a 
left-leaning viewpoint. This issue is devoted to the "New Weird 
Order", built around a series of interviews with people including 
Noam Chomsky, Paul Krassner and Holly Sklar. ( S-54t/MG) 

PROPER BOSKONIAN #28 ($22 from NESFA, PO Box G, MIT 
Branch, Cambridge, MA 02139-0910): The semi-annual SF fanzine of 
the New England Science Fiction Association. This issue has editor 
Laurie Mann's summer convention travelogue, book reviews from 
Mark Nelson, a history of the zine and a reasonably active letter 

column. (S-32t/MG)_ 

THE PROTESTANT Feb.-Mar. 1991 ($12/yr from Concerned 
Citizens for South Lake, PO Box 120202, Clermont, FL 34712): 
Continued news and activism from an area where the government 
appears to want unlimited growth and the citizens are getting fed 
up. Trash tipping, water pipe replacement, residential density are 

among the topics in this issue. (L-4/MG) _ 

PROTOCULTURE ADDICTS #11 ($3 from Ianvs Publications, 33 
Prince St. #243, Montreal, Qc., H3C 2M7, CANADA): With this 
issue PA broadens its field from the Robotech series to all of Anime 
(Japanese animated features). Letters^ drawings, reviews, lost 
episodes, game news and more are here, along Vfith a definite 
respect for their readers. #11 also has a list of close to 100 active 

Anime clubs. (S-34 t/MG) __ 

PRO WRESTLING SUSHI #32 ($1.50 sample copy from Jeff 
Mullins, POBox 36189, San Jose, CA 95158): Entertaining pro 
wrestling humor and news for those in the know. Always more 
than a few laughs inside poking fun at everything from the sport 
to fellow editors and politicians. This issue decides that the four 
infamous policemen in Los Angeles will appear in a guest shot in 
the next Wrestlemania, writes a letter to Vince McMahon, and 
somberly lists the victims of the Gulf war by stat e. (S-lOr/CG) 

PRO WRESTLING TORCH WEEKLY #111-118 ($5/4 issues from 
Wade Keller, PO Box 201844, Minneapolis, MN 55420): An attractive 
weekly from the wrestling circuit, featuring cover photos of the folks 
in the business. They report match by match on major events and 
include plenty of commentary and letters. (S-6r/MG ) 

□PSYCHOPATH Vol. 1 #9 ($3/6 issues from Nate Archer, 416 
Center Ave., Adell, WI 53001): A humorous zine of insanity and 
related topics. This issue has the ten worst toys of all times (including 
the Hypodermic Fun Injection Playset), comics, a bizarre reader 
survey, an ode to pyromania and the "Psychotic of the Month". 

Funny stuff. (HL-1 2t/MG) _ 

PSYCHOTIC PROPHETS #4 ($1.00 or 50[cents] and 2 stamps 
from Daniel Schmidt, 1622 Humboldt, Manhattan, KS 66502): Notes 
from the Christian underground. Daniel reviews music, prints quotes 
he finds enlightening or salient, talks about war and the words of 
Martin Luther Kin g, Jr., and reviews other Christi an zines. 

PSYCHOTRONIC #9 ($3 from Michael J. Weldon, 151 First Ave. 
Dept PV, New York, NY 10003): A zine of screwy movies and the 
people in them. Besides a batch of reviews, this one features 
interviews with James Coburn and John Agar. There are also movies, 
obits, and a letter from Nick Niciphor giving his side of an old 

dispute with Davi d Carradine. (S-64t/MG) _ 

PURPLE RAIN, YELLOW SNOW #2 ($1 from James Cook, 603 
W. Keller St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055): A zine of sometimes 
confusing humor. There is a teacher who turns out to be Adolf 
Hitler in disguise, some fractured movies, and a quiz to match 
famous bad guys with their descriptions. Speaking of which, they 
also print a conversation between Noriega and Hussein. Odd. 

(S-12/MG) _' 

PWAlive Vol. 3 #5 ($5 or more/yr from Sabathini Community 
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people in the Minneapolis area coping with AIDS. This issue starts 
off with notes on how to deal with medical bill collectors when 
under stress. Later on there is some soul-searching and frank 
discussion of the politics of the AIDS community, and a strong list 

of resources. (S-24 t/MG) _ 

□QT #1 ($2 (?) from CP 423 Succ. C, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 
4K3, CANADA): Why do all the good homocore zines come from 
Canada? Here's another addition to the list, with clippings, hot punk 
porno, lots of lesbian pages, chopped up psychological analyses and 
plenty more. They even reprint a letter purporting to be from the 
government agency trying to track them down and bust them. 
(HL-48r/MG) 

QUEER MAGNOLIA #39 (Free from C. Nash, 619 N. Magnolia, 
Lansing, MI 48912): A zine of collage, artwork, and the occasional 
word—though more words are crossed out than visible in this edition. 
There are some brief epiphanies here, coupled with unlikely 

juxtaposed images. (D-8/MG) _ 

RABBITEARS #2 (On Request from Mog Decarnin, 2020 Portland 
Ave.S. #3, Minneapolis, MN 55404): I spent 
entirely too long reading this fanzine of 
television commentary. It was tremendously 
fun. Much of the content has to do with 
sf-related items (especially on the tube) with 
critiques and analysis done by some pretty 
knowledgeable sources. Pop culturalist Candi 
Strecker joins the fun in her article on Monsters 
and Messages on tv, everyone seems to love 
21 Jump Street and Charles in Charge, and 
there's even a bit of Sesame Street thrown in 
as cultural icons go. And they call this the 
"Special Self-Indulgence Issue." (S-58/CG) 

RADICAL DEPARTURE Vol. 1 #3 (25* & a 
stamp from 2508 Milton Ave., New Smyrna 
Beach, FL 32168): A small zine of darkness and 
confusion, with a few bits of hope tucked in. 

'Wanna seems to be boiling with strong 
emotions, and it's hard to sort out any actual 
message here since the work is itself heavily 
metaphorical and poetic. An intriguing read, 
but one that left more questions than answers. 

(S-4/MG) 

RADIO FREE THULCANDRA #24 (The 
Usual from Marty Helgesen, 11 Lawrence 
Avenue, Malverne, NY 11565-1406): A zine of 
Christian fandom which appears almost apa-like 
due to its wide contributorship. The elements 
of Christianity and sf combine in lively discus¬ 
sions of recent works, responses to past 
commentary, and speculation the genre. (S- 
72/CG) 

RAG #3 ($1 from Michael Puttonen, PO Box 
850018, Mesquite, TX 75185-0018): "New fiction 
from Texas" (together with some art and 
poetry). A lot of this stuff is right on the edge, weird sex, weird 
lives. Dylan presents a junky diary. Michael Puttonen has several 
fine stories, including one of an older woman seeking and finding 
companionship in an unusual way. Interesting writing prevails. 
(D-40t/MG)_ 

RALE #7 (2 stamps & Age Statement from Kevin J. Lintner, 827 
N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603-2739): A zine that wanders around 
to various corners of the underground, having plenty of fun. 
Highlights of this issue include the essay on how to cause trouble 
at McDonalds, the gruesome Mike Diana artwork, and the reviews. 
There's also poetry and art and rants and who knows what else in 
this bargain package. (D-82/MG) 

RAMBLIN' WILLIE'S BROADSIDE Vol.2 #4 ($2/yr from POBox 
642, Winterville, GA 30683): Though no longer a broadside, these 
folks continue amuse with short, succinct pieces on "Beer. Reviews. 
Fiction." The article on beer is actually about collecting cans as a 
hobby, the reviews touch on indy music (Beatniks from Mars, Those 
Melvins, etc.) and the fiction is an unusual story about meeting 
Elvis in Georgia. (D-6r/CG) 

□RANSOM STREET Vol.3 #2-5 ($1 (?) from 323 McMasters St., 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514): Counterculture that is creeping its way into 


a new consciousness. While no radical theories are offered, the 
contents range from unusual poetry to political and economic 
commentary; dissecting information from knowledge, exploring the 
meaning of the 4th of July. Although some parts tend to lean towards 
the metaphysical and philosophical stratas, stick with it for some 

healthy outlook ex ercise. (HL-32r/CG) _ 

READING FOR PLEASURE #16 ($2 from 103 Baughman's Ln. 
#303, Frederick, MD 21202): The title says it all—this is a zine for 
people who like reading. It's mainly book reviews, together with 
some book news—like the fact that Stephen King and Danielle Steele 
are the most popular authors around, according to a Gallup Poll. 
The reviews are well-written, and cover fiction and non-fiction both. 
The zine is also available on a batch of BBS systems, including the 

FF BBS. (S-64t/MG)__ 

THE REALIST #116 ($2 from PO Box 1230, Venice, CA 90294): 
Humor with a decidedly nasty political edge to it. The front page 
of this issue is a letter from George Bush to Saddam Hussein, 
complete with obscene pictures, explaining what's really behind the 
war. Inside are other war bits, a ride on the 
Merry Pranksters' bus, Bakker and LaRouche, 
and other goodies. (S-8t/MG) 

REALITY SANDWICH #14 (75[cents] sam¬ 
ple copy from POBox 2092, Bal Tim Ore, MD 
21203-2092): Extremely witty and sagacious 
satire aimed at the politicos of our country. 
Biting humor lending itself in the forms of 
U.S. golfing pros being sent to clear the 
landmines of Iraq, Hanes literally supporting 
the troops (athletically speaking), the an¬ 
nouncement of S.C.U.D. AID ("Thousands 
Dead—Let's Rock and Roll!")—it's only a 
shame that it's so thin. There should be more 
and more of this. (S-7/CG) 

RECOVERY TODAY Vol. 1 #12 ($15/yr 
from PO Box 754, Goldenrod, FL 32733): A 
newsletter for folks involved in various 12-step 
recovery programs, from alcoholics to rage-a- 
holics to victims of panic attacks. They discuss 
current medical advice, offer ideas on coping, 
and deal with such everyday matters as 
recovering your credit history. (T-24t/MG) 
RED #2 (SASE from 13510a Aurora Ave. 
N. #156, Seattle, WA 98133): A newsletter for 
softball leagues from USSSA and WSSUA (a 
local league). This issue has umpire's peril 
rules, rules of conduct (such as not drinking 
beer during a game), and the general violence 
in softball that these folks don't want to 
tolerate anymore. (S-l/CG) 

RELIGION WATCH Vol. 6 #5-6 ($17.50/11 
issues from PO Box 652, North Bellmore, NY 
11710): A digest of news from dozens of 
religious magazines and papers. Editor Rich 
Cimino sorts things into trends; #5 covers the growth of Opus Dei 
in eastern Europe, the alliance between neopagans and Hindus, the 
increasing influence of Islam in the Intifada, and many more stories. 
Always interesting. #6 includes a resurgence of hell and the state 

of the Rajneesh m ovement. (S-10/MG) _ 

THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALERT Vol. VII #2 ($15/8 issues 
from Coalition for Religious Freedom, 5400 Eisenhower Ave., 
Alexandria, VA 22304): Though sponsored by the Unification Church, 
the CRF takes an interest in all manner of conflicts between church 
and state in this country, from the continuing problems of the 
Scientologists with the IRS to deprogramming to the plight of 
Christian Science parents. Generally, they want the state to stay the 
heck out of church affairs, and rally round any case where it appears 
that religious liberty is being stifled. (S-16t/MG) 

THE RELUCTANT FAMULUS #15 ($1.50 or The Usual from 
Thomas D. Sadler, 422 W. Maple Ave., Adrian, MI 49221): A science 
fiction zine that seems to have hit its stride but is still improving. 
This issue has several short pieces of fiction, Tom's own thoughtts 
on sensawonda, and a fat zine review section (without much overlap 
with the FF zine world). There's also a fine and growing lettercol. 
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REMARK #2 ($2.50 from Again & Again Press, PO Box 20041, 
Cherokee Sta., New York, NY 10028): A litmag that consists mainly 
of reviews, with the bulk of those written by the always careful 
and elegant Laurel Speer. There are also essays on things like 
reviewing books, starting writers' groups, and entering contests, plus 
some short prose bits not about writing. (S-42t/MG ) 

REPUBLICAN LIBERTY Vol.2 #1 ($10/yr from 1717 Apalachee 
Parkway, Suite 434, Tallahassee, FL 32301): A caucus newsletter from 
a sect of libertarians who see progress through combining republican 
values with libertarian ones. They continue to gather reports on the 
progress being made in congress and through state chapter news. 
This issue also ha s the results of the 1990 election s. (S-8t/CG) 
RESISTANCE #14 ($3.50 from Friends of Durruti, PO Box 790, 
Station A, Vancouver, BC V6C 2N6, CANADA): Translations of 
things like Red Army Front communiques and GRAPO hunger striker 
demands. They're widening their focus now, though, to include the 
beginning of an analysis leading to direct action in Canada. This 
issue also has an interview with the Resistance Conspiracy folks. 

(T-16t/MG) _ 

□REVOLT #1 ($2 (?) & Age Statement from James Butters, 3-379 
Hargrave St., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2K4, CANADA): A new zine of 
"violent art". It includes an anti-censorship article, a feature section 
on Argento and Fulci's gore movies, and a comic inspired by 
Hellraiser. Plenty of black here, and a fascination with all the nasty 

sides of life. (HL-3 2/MG) _ 

REVUE Vol. 1 #3 ($6/4 issues from 302 W. Thirteenth St., 
Loveland, CO 80537): "A magazine for the visual arts", with much 
commentary on sculpture—there seem to be a lot of sculptors 
working out in Colorado these days. They talk to the artists, keep 
readers up to date on gallery showings, pass on tips as to where 
to go and what to see. A polished looking startup . (HL-40t/MG) 
□REWOLTA #3-5 (Contact Piotr Salwowski, ul. Mieszka I 48, 
05-090 Raszyn, POLAND): A Polish-language anarchist periodical. 
From what I could dope out, they're on the anarcho-syndicalist side 
of things, and print a good deal of history and theory. No doubt 
a couple dollars in cash would go a long way for these people. 

(D-20r/MG) _ 

RFD #65 ($5.00 from Short Mt. Collective, Rt. 1 Box 84A, Liberty, 


TN 37095): A reader-written country journal for gay men. They 
explore all aspects of the gay life with special attention paid to 
spirituality and "radical faerie consciousness." Articles and essays 
deal with subjects as diverse as AIDS, the Civil War, Gardening, 
and literature. There are also arts and entertainment features, as 
well as a listing of events and reviews of past gathe rings. (S-64t/CG) 
ROB'S ROUNDBALL REVIEW 1990-91 #30-35 ($1 (?) from PO 
Box 599, Waynetown, IN 47990): A continuing blow-by-blow report 
on the Indiana University basketball season. Actually, by the time 
you read this the season will probably be over, but no doubt Rob 
will be back next y ear with another set of reports an d stats. (S-3/MG) 
ROGER TORY POOFTER'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE BLUDGEON 
#1-2 ($1 from Pagan Angel Press, 1205 Co. Rte. 60, Rexville, NY 
14877): This one makes somewhere right around no sense at all. 
The bludgeon appears to be a sort of hiking trek, and the Poofter 
a modern pagan deity; or perhaps not. In any case this is a collection 
of essays honoring him or them, or arguing, or something. 

Inscrutable. (S-10/MG)_ 

ROLLER SPORTS REPORT #15-16 ($12/6 issues from Fred Argoff, 
1800 Ocean Pkwy #B-12, Brooklyn, NY 11223-3037): News of all the 
various attempts to form a working Roller Derby like sports league 
in this country. While things are dormant right now, there are 
several leagues being organized, so who knows? Meanwhile Fred 
prints lots of stuff from the past 40 years or so of the sport. #16 
has an interview with the person trying to put together another 
league, maybe so me time this year. (D-12/MG) 

ROUGH DRAFT #54-55 ($10/yr from PO Box 6392, San Francisco, 
CA 94101): The calendar of the Cacophony Society, a group that 
gets together for strange events. Various of these include Proust 
readings, formal attire bowling, the Saint Stupid's Day Parade, and 

so on. (L-2t/MG) __ 

□RUCKSACK #1 (2 stamps from Ed Johnson, 9667 Lehigh Ave., 
Savannah, GA 31406): A zine of mail art and other topics—including 
tropical fish. Ed is also into junk trading, and the envelope this 
arrived in was stuffed with trading cars, a rubber dinosaur, and 

other goodies. (D- 12/MG) _ 

RUDERAL #3 (2 stamps from 2015 Lakeland Ave. #3, Lakewood, 
OH 44107): A confusing mishmash of rants, reviews that wander 


RIVERSIDE QUARTERLY 


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Frank Bertrand, "Stanislaw Lem, Science-Fiction, and Kitsch," 

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Earl Ingersol! and Nancy Kress, "A Conversation with Connie Willis," 

Dennis Kratz, "Heroism in Sdence-Fiction: Two Opposing Views," 

R. A. Lafferty, "No Stone Unthrown," 

Brad Linaweaver, "an Interview with William Tenn," 

Justin Leiber, "Fritz Leiber: Swordsman and Philosopher," 

Joe Milicia, "Dry Thoughts in a Dry Season: J.G. Ballard's The Drought ," 

Rob Hillis Miller, "On Humour in Lovecraft," 

Karen Schuldner, "Notes on Dhalgren and Triton ," 

Sheryl Smith, "Lafferty's Short Stories: some Mystagogic Goshwow," 

Bob Tucker, Blurb Happy," 

Mary Weinkauf, "Future Talk, or What Do You Say When You Get off the Time Machine?," 

Gary Willis, "Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness: The Weaving Together of Dualities." 


"... lots of intelligent life here" 

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"... jam packed with great scholarly critiasm" 

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Four of the 30 back issues are now available--27 through 30. Each sells for $2. 

Note: A $12 order entitles you to a free copy of H.P. Lovecraft: A Symposium , with Robert Bloch, Arthur Cox, Fritz Leiber, and Sam Russell. To our 
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off into nothingness, and collaged artwork. The author is evidently 
trying to make various statements about society, and some of his 
thoughts on words and usage almost make sense, but still, 
obfuscation seems to be a way of life here. (D-20 /MG) 

RURAL MISSOURI Mar. 1991 ($3.75/yr from 2722 E. McCarty, 
Jefferson City, MO 65101): This one is sponsored by the state's rural 
electric cooperatives, but they feature all manner of stories about 
Missouri life and history. The March issue has advice on planting 
cole crops, a look at a mother and son team of state senators, and 
the short history of the Mormons at Independence. April tells you 
what the best lakes for fishing in the state are. (T-26t/MG) 

RURAL NETWORK ADVOCATE #86-87 ($10/yr from 6236 Borden 
Rd., Boscobel, WI 53805): For that price you may subscribe to the 
ADVOCATE, but the real thrust here is the underlying organization, 
a group devoted to bringing country-oriented singles together. They 
pay $35 a year to be listed in the registry and have access to other 
listings. Meanwhile, the rest of us can read some tales of trials and 
successes here, from the new growth in the spring to opportunities 
for country employment. (S-8/MG) 

RURAL SOUTHERN VOICE FOR PEACE #55 ($25/yr from 
RSVP-FOR, 1898 Hannah Branch Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714): These 
people tackle a broad spectrum of social issues, hoping and working 
for nonviolent change. #55 reports on their Listening Project survey 
of sentiment towards the Gulf war, and has a very touching article 
on life on the streets. Central America, toxic waste poverty and 
other concerns also turn up here. (S-20t/MG) 

THE SACRED COW SIG NEWSLETTER July/Aug. 1990 ($10/6 
issues from Barbara Koksal, 3392 Clemens Dr., St. Charles, MO 
63301-4440): The joke about the title is that there aren't any sacred 
cows here. This Mensa-affiliated Special Interest Group is open for 
discussion of anything. Here that includes the veracity of the 
Holocaust, women using men's restrooms, and the inhumane 
treatment of priso ners. A lot of ranting, a lot of debate. (D-70r/MG) 
THE SACRED WILDERNESS #10 (2 29[cent] stamps from Ann 
Patterson, PO Box 15266, Santa Rosa, CA 95402): A gentle 
"unpretentious" feminist newsletter from Ann and company. While 
not preaching, it offers thoughts and quotes on matters of choice, 
healing, and a feminist review of the movie Slewing With the Enemy. 
There's also a feeling of being closer to Nature and becoming more 
self-oriented. Calming and friendly. (S-6/CG) 

SAMHAIN #25 ($20/5 issues from John Gullidge, 19 Elm Grove 
Rd., Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0EQ, UK): A slick and well-done 
zine of horror movies. This issue has a report from the set of 
Caruncula and words on the making of Gorgasm. As always there 
are plenty of reviews and news, plus a horrific short story. They 
also look back at classics —Women Behind Bars this time—and have 
a fine interview wi th Rod Bottin on his makeup w ork. (A4-40t/MG) 
SAMIZDAT #17-18 ($2.50 from Claude J. Pelletier, 33, rue Prince, 
#243, Montreal, Quebec H3C 2M7 CANADA): Devoted to science 
fiction and written in French, the majority of each issue of Samizdat 
consists of reviews of science fiction writing and filmmaking. But 
each number always ends with an original sf story or two, and 
number 17 includes a few interesting interviews with science 
fictioneers of the French tongue. (HS-42/Reviewed by Geof Huth) 
SANDWICH #6 (Trade ONLY from Adham Loutfi, 5020 Golden 
Gate Ave., Oakland, CA 94618): Another issue of Adham's 
personalzine, this one came out in Australia but he should be back 
in Oakland by the time you read this. It's sort of a show biz issue, 
with a longish letter from a friend about visiting Elvis's old haunts 
and a piece of Kir k Douglas appreciation. (S-6/MG ) 

A SANE WOMAN Chapter 2 (50* from Concrete Caverns 
Graphix, 70A Greenwich Ave., #186, New York, NY 10011): This 
one is a serialized novel by Anthony Lee Collins. It's an odd idea, 
different for zinedom, but so far it's working well. Collins has a 
knack for characterization, and after just a few pages I'm already 
caring what happens to Alex and Vinnie and the rest of the folks 

in this small town . (D-8t/MG) _ 

SAN JUAN HORSESHOE Vol. 15 #2 ($12/12 issues from PO Box 
913, Montrose, CO 81402): Weird humor from those folks out 
west...perhaps the snow has addled their brains. This issue features 
lots of camel jokes in honor of the war, some gossip on the elves 
of the North Pole, local ski area owners acting fascistic, and more. 
A confusing joy to behold. (T-24t/MG) 


SASQUATCH Vol. 1 #9 ($1 from The Prime Minister of Livestock 
and Heavy Machinery, 416 Maine Ave. #4A, Farmingdale, ME 04347): 
Weird essays, political thought, and the news that the CIA decided 
not to hire the editor fill this zine. Stories about Jenine, illustrated 
kiddie stuff with a twist, proliferate. (S-8/MG) 

□SAVAGE STREETS #1 ($1.00 from Jeff Jarvie, 750-119 North, 
Indiana, PA 15701): A new fanzine devoted entirely to Linda Blair. 
A love song (sung with tongue in cheek?) that covers her films, 
her exploits, but never tries to cover her body. A breast-intensive 
study with clever insights that suggest that some Bob Dylan songs 
were actually referring to her, and the thought that she may have 
been a prime can didate for "Twin Peaks" status. (D17r/CG) 

SCAREAPHANALIA #98-99 ($7.50/yr from Michael Gingold, PO 
Box 489, Murray Hill Sta., Mew York, NY 10156-0489): A horror 
movie zine that goes in for longer reviews and is interested in things 
other than gore. #98 talks about Sleeping With The Enemy and Nothing 
But Trouble , as well as Dark Shadows and industry gossip. #99 leads 
off with the suspenseful The Vanishing, and has a long chunk of 
interview with dir ector Steve Barnett. (HL-8t/MG/C G) 

THE SCARLET MORGUE #1-2 (50* from Decadence Comics, PO 
Box 134, Waynesville, MO 65583): A collection of a lot of different 
things. They feature rude jokes, movie reviews, reprinted material 
from FF, a few morgue pictures, and practical joke/revenge type 

ideas. Pretty unfoc used. (D-8r/MG) _ 

SCAVENGER'S NEWSLETTER #85-86 ($1.50 from Janet Fox, 519 
Ellinwood, Osage City, KS 66523-1329): The indispensable market 
newsletter for the writer of horror, SF or fantasy who wants to 
work with the small text. Though market listings are the core of 
SCAV, Janet also gives writers, editors and publishers a place to 
talk about the state of the field. There's also reporting on response 
times and a few r eviews in each issue. (D-34t/MG ) 

- SCIENCE FICTION EYE #8 ($10/3 issues from PO Bo* 43244, 
Washington, D.C. 20010-9244): A cool zine of SF criticism, outrageous 
opinions (check out Peter Lamborn Wilson on responsible writing), 
reviews (including cool shots, Ruger and otherwise, from Misha) 
and more. Paul Di Filippo interviews (sort of) JG Ballard, Glenn 
Grant investigates THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE, and readers write 

to rant at length. (S-112t/MG) _ 

SCROLL OF OPLONTIS Vol. 3 #1 ($3 from PO Box 1036, Beloit, 
WI 53512-1036): A journal for people who want to explore in serious 
fashion the classical pagan cultures. This one has an article on the 
spring festivals in Rome and a look at the goddess Flora. (S-12/MG) 
SECOND STONE #15 ($13/6 issues from PO Box 8340, New 
Orleans, LA 70182): Bimonthly news from Christian homosexuals 
and those wishing not to separate the two from each other. Both 
issues are discussed widely, from anti-AIDS protestations from Ollie 
North to the cover story on Joseph Houle, seminarian and editor 
ofTHE ROAD TO EMMAUS. National news is covered with 
complete dedication to both commitments. (T-20t/CG) 

□THE SECRET ALAMEDA Vol. 1 #1 ($9/4 issues from PO Box 
527, Alameda, CA 94501): It's not clear that the Alameda they're 
searching for here has anything to do with the one on the map. 
There's a plumber entering politics, photos of ordinary people and 
dogs (not to mention palm trees) and a wine glossary for beginners. 
The opening Christmas letter was quite hilarious. Very deadpan 
humor, for the m ost part, I think. (S-36t/MG) 

THE SECRETS OF LIFE AND DEATH #23 (50* (?) from 93 E. 
Ashland, Phoenix, AZ 85004): A selection of small collages and bits 
of found art. There is a cigarette-smoking machine, a classic 
shoplifting arrest, someone's note about illicit drugs, and so on. 

(MM-12/MG)_ 

□SECT 7 #0-1 (Contact Severin Head, do Kimi Information Center, 
KS Building 6F, 2-54-3 Ikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo 171, JAPAN): 
Disgusted with the English language literature they get over there 
(don't they know aboutLIZZENGREASY?), some student types and 
American expatriates took a name from an old Japanese student 
movement called Sect 6 and began their own zine. It covers a lot 
of the Japanese underground, an airport battle being waged in Narita, 
the dangers of credit cards, the "New Age Bohemian," a study of 
cyberpunk, and even a few comics. Very appealing subject matter 
and good coverage. (S-24t/CG) 

SELF PUBLISHER! Vol.3 #1 ($1 from Dimestore Productions, 
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more to do with small press comics than anything else and there's 
lot of cameraderie involved in it. The state of the small press is 
lamented again and again, but with hopes for a better tomorrow. 
Some comics revie ws and music included, too. (H L-7r/CG) 

SFSFS SHUTTLE #72-73 ($15/yr membership from Gerry Adair, 
1131 Harmony Way, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411): The unusual 
initials stand for the South Florida Science Fiction Society and this 
is their newsletter. It covers membership directory, calendar of 
events, club notes, some Florida sf authors, an essay on the use of 
lasers in the sf genre, and a few book reviews. Friendly. (S-18/CG) 
□SHADES OF GREY #1 (Donation & a stamp from Autumn, 
1519 Nicklin Ave., Piqua, OH 45356): A new zine of short essays 
and opinions. They seem most interested in encouraging people to 
think. Free speech, peace, cigarettes, war, and preserving the earth 

all come up in thi s first issue. (D-16/MG) _ 

THE SHADOW #16 ($2 [CASH] from POBox 20298, New York, 
NY 10009): Aggressively radical anarchist zine from the Lower East 
Side with close ties to squatters and the turmoil in Tompkins Square 
Park. They talk about Bronx squatters being evicted, the loss of 
fellow activist Willie Butler to AIDS, and what happened at the 
Anti-War rallies held in Washington, D.C. during the Gulf War, 
among other domestic news. (T-20t/CG) 

THE SHAKESPEARE OXFORD SOCIETY NEWSLETTER Vol. 26 
#4-27 #1 ($25/yr from Victor Crichton, 207 W. 106th St. #10-D, New 
York, NY 10025): This society exists to put forth the case for Edward 
deVere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as the author of the plays usually 
attributed to the man from Stratford. Their newsletter reprints 
correspondence on the subject, the latest evidence, and notes on 
debates with the Stratfordians. Intriguing, but I have not read the 
main works their thesis depends on and so withhold an opinion. 

(S-121/MG) _ 

THE SHAMAN PAPERS Vol.2 #4 ($2 Sample copy from Wade- 
Greyfox, PODrawer 918, Bayard, NM 88023): A personal newsletter 
from Wade in his spiritual search for shamanism. He talks about 
his romance (which has traversed the centuries), his on-going pagan 
and spiritual experiences, and reaches out to others who may be 
going through the same thing. (S-6/CG) 

SHENANDOAH NEWSLETTER Vol. 17 #12-Vol. 18 #1 ($13.50/yr 
from 736 W. Oklahoma St., Appleton, WI 54914): A newsletter of 
Native American history, culture, and struggle. It takes a defiant 
posture, seeing the US government as invaders and enemies, and 
argues for bringing up Native youth to be independent. #1 has an 
editorial explaining their overall philosophy succinctly. (S22/MG) 
SHERLOCKIAN TIDBITS #15 ($2 from Arnold Korotkin, 12 
Glenwood Rd., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043): A collection of ads, 
photos, news clippings and other media flotsam tracing the image 
of Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, in our society. It finds the 
master in many places, sometimes with only his magnifying glass 
or deerstalker, but the clues are always enough. (S-12/MG) 

SHORT FUSE #48 ($1 from Holden, PO Box 90436, Santa Barbara, 
CA 93190-0436): Dreams, poetry and artwork combine here in a 
haphazard collage of work direct from artist to reader, with no 
mediating presence of editors. Contributors come from the roiling 
stratum of the underground, Oberc, Cammer, Moskovitz, Weiss and 
many more. (S-25/MG) 

SHOTS #26 ($15/yr from Dan Price, PO Box 109, Joseph, OR 
97846): This magazine of honest contemporary photos, printed on 
chummy newsprint, seems to be growing again. All the material 
comes from just plain folks, not struggling for prizes but actually 
trying to take interesting pictures. People, cars, hats, mirrors, 
whatever; all black and white photos will be looked over. (0-72t/MG) 
SHOW ME FREEDOM Jan. 1991 ($5/yr from MO LP, PO Box 
3231, University City, MO 63130): The newsletter of the Missouri 
Libertarian Party, already showing signs of renewed activity as the 
'92 elections approach. TTiis issue has the smiling face of Presidential 
candidate Andre Marrou on the cover, and inside essays on welfare 
states, recruiting, and more. (S-8t/MG) 

SIGN OF THE TIMES Vol.5 #1 ($4.50 Sample copy from Studio 
403, 3819 .Northeast 15th, Portland, OR 97212): Exceptional modern 
litmag with the subtitle "AChronicle of Decadence in the Atomic 
Age." The selection of stories is superb, from Brenda Munroe's tale 
of a friend who sells his star-laden porno dream to a cable tv show 
to Todd Cobb's unusual analogy of Christ's last days with Charlie 


Brown and Linus playing out the lead roles. Very genuine story 

telling. (S-32t/CG) _ 

SIMPLE COOKING Winterl991 ($16/4 issues from POBox 58, 
Castine, ME): I could sit with this one all day. A very friendly and 
personable guide to the joys of food, without any of the intimidation 
you'd find in the hoity-toity nouvelle cookbooks. Each issue centers 
on one aspect of cooking and eating, with sidebars devoted to 
assorted subjects. This issue we learn all about "Russians and 
Mushrooms," with a guide to drying your own; notes on the 
"Southern Cornbread Contrversy;" more reviews of cookbooks, and 
a tiny little essay about diners, which of course I found to be 

absolutely enlighte ning. (S-12t/CG) _ 

□THE SKEPTIC Vol. 4 #6-Vol. 5 #1 (£2.70 surface or £4.50 air 
from PO Box 475, Manchester, M60 2TH, UK): The journal of the 
British analog of CSICOP, a place for skeptics to hang out and 
demolish pseudoscience. They seem to have more of a sense of 
humor than their American cousins, but still find a lot of things to 
go after: Scientology and past life regressions in #6 (which also has 
a good review of polywater research), Nostradamus and the Martian 
canals in #1, just to take a few. (A4-32t/MG) 

SKEPTICAL INQUIRER Vol. 15 #3 ($6.25 from CSICOP, 3159 
Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215-0229): The magazine of the Committee 
for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, hardcore 
defenders of rationality. Sometimes they seem a bit too serious, as 
with the short bit in this issue taking a movie to task for improperly 
portraying skepticism. But their major articles are solid investiga¬ 
tions—there's one in this issue on Satanic survivor stories, for 

example, that is v ery good. (D-116t/MG) _ 

□SKRAG RAG #1 ($1 & a stamp from Skrag Happy Freak, 500 
Jefferson #17, Eugene, OR 97402): A collection of underground and 
somewhat mindblowing material. There are plans for a souped-up 
(and damned dangerous) Molotov cocktail, some hemp legalization 
material, dark collage graphics, a demand for menstrual power, and 

weird industrial m usic. (D-24/MG) _ 

SLIMETRAX #11 ($1/3 issues from PO Box 1305, Suite 122, 
Brunswick, ME 04011): I always enjoy finding this one in my pile. 
What started out as an unassuming "satire of drunken sailors" has 
burgeoned into a SubGenius-laced zine attracting the most [interest¬ 
ing] sorts. There's still that military edge to it—Iraq jokes left and 
right—still the drink recipes, but now they're getting reader responses 
from the likes of Stang, Nenslo, Cynde Moya, and weird trekkies. 
And what's ironic is that this is the "leftovers" issue. Fame at last. 

(HL-7r/CG) _ 

□SLOPPY JOE #1 ($1 from Aaron Ruark, 7589 Bearcreek Rd., 
Fairview, PA 16415-2606): Aaron's contribution to the world of zines, 
his personal statement of being in the small press. Mostly random 
collage and reprints, talk about the First Amendment rights, sex, 
and skate stories and interviews. He's interested in hearing from 
folks who dig vampire stuff, skateboards, and music. (D-32r/CG) 
SLOW LANE JOURNAL #3 ($9.50/4 issues from POBox 876, 
Sacramento, CA 95812-0876): This one has the feel ofOUTWEST—a 
roving reporter in a mobile home treks through the country visiting 
small towns and talking to its folk. Fun and charming, we leisurely 
learn how to avoid going through Los Angeles, a senior softball 
league, and also a trip to Germany the editor and his family took. 

(T-28t/CG) _ 

S.L.U.G. FEST LTD. Vol. 1 #3 ($5 from PO Box 536, Leominster, 
MA 01543): A collection of miscellaneous essays, news bits, and 
other randomosities. They tackle the growth of doublespeak, print 
some stories about the bad effects of alcohol, and excerpt a book 
on the seige of Leningrad. These are just a few points in their 
wide-ranging span of interests. (S-30t/MG) 

SMALL PRESS REVIEW #218 ($20/yr from Dustbooks, POBox 
100, Paradise, CA 95967): Long-running monthly publication with 
notes, news and reviews of the stuff that should eventually reach 
the mainstream (hopefully with its integrity). Of note in this issue 
is the question a reader poses about the total self-interest of many 
would-be contribut ors to magazines. (S-15t/CG) 

SMITH'S REPORT #4 ($1 from Bradley R. Smith, PO Box 3267, 
Visalia, CA 93278): This one chronicles Bradley Smith's attempts to 
get an open debate going on one or another college campus on the 
subject of Holocaust Revisionism. As usual, every time he tries to 
set up a speaking engagement horrified people come out of the 
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this country some times. (S-6t/MG) 

SNEEZING JESUS #3 ($1 or trade from Queen Itchie, POBox 
624, Sherburne, NY 13460): Queen Itchie and her rampant 
imagination continue to conjure up brouhahas through the mail. She 
throws her muse at us with short bits about favorite band names 
and hobbies, her interview with the Dead Milkmen, and graphic 
fantasies about menstruation. Like being on a rollercoaster inside 
someone's brain. (D-14r/CG) 

SNOW COUNTRY Mar./Apr. 1991 ($7.97/8 issues from PO Box 
2071, Harlan, IA 51593): Though this one is the "year-round magazine 
of mountain sports and living", this particular winter issue is mainly 
devoted tot he prime sport of skiing. Resort reviews, a test for 
skiers, and plenty of tips on how to do it grace these colorful pages. 
There's also some weird sports, like snowboarding behind horses 
or mountain-bike limbo, as well as a section on new designs of 
mountain bikes. (S-96t/MG) 

SOCIAL ANARCHISM #16 ($3.50 from 2743 Maryland Ave., 
Baltimore, MD 21218): An academically-styled journal of anarchy 
which is still happy to do non-academic things such as print poetry. 
This issue has a great interview with Colin Ward and similarly 
fascinating recollections from Howard Ehrlich. They also review a 
good batch of boo ks of interest to practicing anarc hists. (D-94t/MG) 
□SOCIAL INVENTIONS #17 ($30 CASH or $40 check per year 
from Institute for Social Inventions, 20 Heber Road, London NW2 
6 A A, UK): This one is for people interested in finding ways to make 
the world better via social ideas, with an emphasis on human scale 
changes. There are a great many ideas in here, many with 
promise—everything from ways to humanize medical care to 
siphoning off small change to charity. (A4-44t/MG) 

□SOCIETY NEWS Vol. 1 #1 ($10/yr from CHS, PO Box 277652, 
Chicago, IL 60627-7652): This is the newsletter of the new Chicago- 
Horror Society, a group trying to help out authors and others 
working in the field. They publish notices and writings from members 
in a completely uncensored format. (S-8/MG) 

SOLAR BOX JOURNAL Winter 1991 ($20/yr from Solar Box 
Cookers Northwest, 7036 18th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115): A 
newsletter with a good idea, working on spreading it. The idea is 
for cheap to build solar ovens—they can provide plans for making 
something for only a couple of bucks that will cook your dinner on 
a sunny day. They report on successes in introducing these in places 
like India, as well as here at home. (S-12t/MG) 

SOME PLACE LIKE EARTH #9 (50[cents] from Chris Caggiano, 
1737 Grove St. #1, Ridgewood, NJ 11385): Combination of personal 
commentary on censorship in movies and tv, a reprint of a declaration 
and court order detailing stamp thefts, and a listing of Chris' immense 
tape trading collection, which includes much more than music. 
(D-22r/CG) 

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING #14 (SASE from Idy, 516 3rd NE, 
Massillon, OH 44646): A minizine of mainly reviews—fanzines, 
music, and other stuff. Idy also publishes some short poetry, notes 
on eating cheaply, and advice on what to do if the radical vegetarians 
come after you. Plus there is a piece on what the Bible doesn't say 
about cussing. (D-8r/MG) 

SOMNIAL TIMES Vol. Ill #1 ($1 from Gloria Reiser, 1253 Park 
PI., Quincy, IL 62301): This is the newsletter of MENSA's "Dreamers" 
Special Interest Group (SIG)—people interested in recording, sharing, 
and discussing their dreams. A number of people contribute, with 
everything from one-paragraph snippets to full-blown sagas covering 
many pages. They've tried group dreaming at times, though with 
limited success. (S-12t/MG) 

SOS NATIONAL NEWSLETTER Vol. 4 #1 ($15/yr from 
SOS/CODESH, PO Box 5, Central Park Sta., Buffalo, NY 14215-0005): 
SOS stands for Secular Organizations for Sobriety—mutual-help 
groups that do not depend on the "Higher Power" that is central 
to the Alcoholics Anonymous program. The newsletter is divided 
between positive things about SOS and negative examinations of 
AA, plus letters and resources. (S-8t/MG) 

THE SOUTHERN FANDOM CONFEDERATION BULLETIN #8 
($3 from P.L. Caruthers-Montgomery, 2629 Norwood Ave., Anniston, 
AL 36201-2872): A science fiction zine that rounds up news from all 
over the South. They report on conventions and zines and apas and 
awares and more. This issue also has a report on Dark Shadows 
fandom and notes on access for the disabled, as well as plenty of 


letters. (S-48r/MG)_ 

SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER Vol.XIX #7 ($8/yr from 
Route 10 Box 52A, Florence, SC 29501): Libertarian clippings and 
commentary with a sometimes playful attitude towards unplayful 
situations. Random drug testing, economic exploitation, literacy, and 
digs at the IRS appear, as well as a few pokes at politicians national 

and local. (S-6r/CG)_ 

□SPACE GOD #1-2 (Free with postage from Steve Lawrence, 
3028 Quimby St., San Diego, CA 92106): Scattered SubGenius 
messages and personal musings from Lawrence, who finds things 
to provoke his interest and includes them in here. There's a scary 
reprint of "24 Amazing Fact of the USA" all about the corruption 
and destruction of the American government, city and financial 
status. #2 looks to be snippets of everything that has caught Steve's 
eye lately, and some of it would probably catch yours as well. 

(D-8r/CG/MG) _ 

□SPASMS Winter 1990 ($12/4 issues from 504 W. 24th #87, Austin, 
TX 78705): A zine of popular culture with a luch, innovative desktop 
layout. TTiey've got weird and wooly fiction, poetry, comics (good 
work from Roy Tompkins among some self-referential oddness) and 
more. There's a fashion page and music reviews too. Hip enough 

to be cool. (S-70t/MG)_ 

SPECTRUM #17 ($10/yr from 61 Dutile Rd., Laconia, NH 03246): 
"Spectrum" is absolutely right. This wholistic news bimonthly covers 
everything—from yoga to global warming, from healing with magnets 
to organic wine, from the Peace Corps to vasectomies. A good 
companion periodical to practically any other news magazine. 

(S-34t/CG) _ 

SPENT BRASS #3-4 ($1/2 copies from Andy Hooper & Carrie 
Root, 315 N. Ingersoll, Madision, WI 53703): A fannish zine which 
collects some wonderful writers (including Andy himself, on car 
repairs—shade of my past zines). In #3 Ted White touches oft some 
fans past while Jeanne Gomolt delights with tales of her family. #4 



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is an all-letters issue, comments from a batch of top sfzine writers 

on the previous o ne. (S-6/MG) _ 

□SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION #1 ($1 CASH and SASE from 
Rainbow Fire, 29 Mt. Pleasant St., Webster, MA 01570): A new zine 
of the counterculture, looking to inject some more peace and positive 
energy into the world. It's full of love and hand printing and contacts 
with other hip groups and more. Cosmic ally frien dly. (S-8/MG) 
□THE SPOT Apr, 1991 ($5/yr from PO Box 595729, Dallas, TX 
75359): Um, "camp" and "collage" are the words that come to mind 
here. The main feature seems to be a gossip column, written in 
outrageous style but not making a whole heck of a lot of sense to 
this outsider. Random recombinant headlines murk on the reverse. 

(D-8r/MG) _ 

□SPUDBURN #5 (Contact Crag Hill, 491 Mardara #3, Oakland, 
CA 94610): Unusual art/literary packet that's hand-written, hand- 
drawn, unbound and all original (each piece is original, there are 
no photo copies. Interesting graphics and pencil work, but to me 

it resembles an ar t class project. (D-20/CG) _ 

SQUAWK! #38-39 ($2 CASH from Mick Cusimano, PO Box 2565, 
Cambridge, MA 02238): The magazine of the Naked City Coffee¬ 
house, one of the hangouts for the strangest literary crowd in Boston. 
#38 is loaded with history, as Lionel Landish and Mick Cusimano 
reminisce about the founding of Naked City, the antics of Egg Al, 
STREET magazine, and so on. They also publish works from Naked 
City readings and assorted art and cartoons. (HL- 24r/MG) 

THE STAMP ACT Winter 1991 ($2.00 from—[make check payable 
to Steven Bryan Bieler] 7307 6th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117): Only 
two more issues to go in the name above, until Steven relinquishes 
his post to co-rubber stamper A Classic Pair. These folks do wild 
'n wooly things with rubber stamps, making new art from stamps 
old and new. Some make pretty marketable postcards. (S-19/CG) 
THE STANFORD REVIEW Vol. VI #17 ($25/yr from PO Box 
2343, Stanford, CA 94309): A conservative student paper which is 
less confrontational than some of the ilk. They do feature some 
humor and baiting of their opponents, but it's downplayed in favor 
of editorial analysis and thoughtful essays. War is big in this issue, 
including a look at the prospects for democracy in Iraq. (T-8t/MG) 
STAR ROUTE JOURNAL Vol.9 #1 ($10/10 issues from POBox 
1451, Redway, CA 95560-1451): Free thinking and leftist thought 
combine with the counterculture and some pretty nasty barbs at the 
system. The Persian Gulf War is examined thoroughly, along with 
some "guidelines" for living in the New World Order (e.g. drive 
everywhere, watch lots of TV, buy plastic), a column by the Country 
Feminist, local Northern California events and discussions and a 
touching story by Albert Huffstickler. (T-20t/CG) 

THE STATE CRITIC Feb. 22, 1991 ($20/yr From State Critic 
Society, 1010 W. Lenoir St., Raleigh, NC 27603): A conservative 
college student paper that doesn't mind being outrageous. Various 
writers in this issue condemn the environmentalist movement and 
want to stomp out smut. Some of their short bits are very funny. 
(S-16t/MG) 

THE STERLING WEB Vol.2 #2 ($5.50 from POBox 38383, 
Tallahassee, FL 32315): A classy literary magazine of science fiction 
and dark fantasy, with other related genres snuck in there, too. 
There's a nice mix of seasoned and new writers of fiction and poetry 
(check out T.M. Wright's "His Mother's Eyes") and an interview 

with Wright in this issue. 
We also got a freeSTERL- 
ING WEB button this 
time around.(S-64t/CG) 
STORM WARNING! 
#18 ($1 from 4710 Uni¬ 
versity Way NE, Suite 
1612, Seattle, WA 98105): 
The publication from 
Vietnam Veterans 
Against the War Anti-Im¬ 
perialist. They analyze 
the US involvement and 
progressive military pres¬ 
ence in the world and 
work hard at fighting it. 
Articles include a discus¬ 
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tion, more letters from soldiers in the gulf, and some historical looks 

at Vietnam. (D-31/CG)_ 

STREET VOICE #4 (SASE from PO Box 22962, Baltimore, MD 
21203): A single-sheeter by and for the addict and street person 
community in Baltimore. They write about alternatives, the hassles 
of treatment, and so on. Oriented towards surviva l. (S-2t/MG) 
STRESSED OUT #13 (50* CASH/Stamps from Pauline Poisonous, 
do FUSE 333 SW Park 4th FI., Portland, OR 97205): This is a special 
issue dealing just with the draft, and the legal means to get out of 
it. Pauline covers the well-known things like conscientious objection 
and the more unusual, such as documenting a medical condition. 
Includes notes on where to write for more info. ( HL-16r/MG) 
STROKER #48 ($3.95 from POBox 625, Cooper Station, New 
York, NY 10276): Distinguished literary publication always with just 
the right amount of contents. As always, there's a Henry Miller 
piece (this time an interview in 1969), and another excerpt from 
Irving Stettneris novel-in-progress, as well as some poetry from Pat 
McKinnon and Joseph Resnick, 'literary' photos and solid fiction. 

(D-481/CG) _ 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE #14 ($15/yr from 68 Queensdale Ave., 
Toronto, ONT, M4J 1Y3, CANADA): A newsletter from the Alliance 
for Nonviolent Action, a group of activists in and around Toronto. 
This issue is heavily into resisting war, with interviews with Philip 
Berrigan and Daniel Ellsberg, an article on Litton's military contracts, 
and a supplement about the annual ARMX arms s how. (S-46t/MG) 
SUBTEXT Vol. 2 #3-5 ($12/6 months from 305 N. 43rd, Seattle, 
WA 98103): A biweekly news tabloid which concentrates on world 
affairs, mainly in the developing world. #3 was published in early 
February, and is full of news about the impact of the Gulf War. #4 
is back to their usual broad format, with everything from the Indian 
census to a story about dumping radioactive waste in the Third 
World in the guise of recycled products. The coup in Thailand and 
the growing international drug trade put in an appearance in #5. 

(T-8t/MG) _ 

THE SUBTLE JOURNAL OF RAW COINAGE #43 ($1 & a stamp 
from Geof Huth, 317 Princetown Rd., Box 289-B, Schenectady, NY 
12306): A collection of strange words and new coinages. This issue, 
subtitled "Gnowing" holds such gems as "eyeye" and "jellymoonf- 
ish". (M-8/MG) 

A SUITABLE JOB FOR A WOMAN #13 ($1.50 from Sharon 
Rose, 203 Talley Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411): A zine for the lover 
of mystery novels involving women, whether as writer or protago¬ 
nist. It's conducted on an informal basis, with the bulk of the 
contents being reviews and opinion contained in letters from readers. 

(S-14t/MG) __ 

□THE SUN AND THE MOON March-April 91 (Trade or stamps 
from Kurt Boucher, POBox 322, Sandy Hook, CT 06482): A personal 
zine of opinion, commentary and general liveliness. Kurt lets his 
readers know what's been going on in his life these days, offers 
contributors' articles on the so-called importance of money and a 
"good education," publishes a response to an article of his about 
anger, some Weinman poetry, and a readers survey. People reaching 
out for intellectual stimulation. (D-12r/CG) 

THE SUNDRY TIMES #2/#4 (On request from Art L., POBox 
1612, Bellflower, CA 90706): Spunky handwritten zine of drug 
legalizing, anti-authoritarian nature. The opinions are fiery and full 
of emotion concerning the issues at hand. Some talk about drug 
testing (how it affects everyone), new laws in various states. #4 has 
a male/female article on the aspects of men and women in 
relationships. (S-10/CG) 

SYNERGY #2 (29* postage from Mitchell Marco, 12 N. Haverford 
Ave., Margate, NJ 08402): A sort of literary zine with a variety of 
oddball work. I enjoyed the comics from the deranged artist and 
the somewhat shaggy-doggish story "Aardvark" from Jess Levin". 
They're also offering free classifieds, looking for music to review 
and photos to print. (S-12/MG) 

TAB TO BLOCK BISCUSPID Vol.2 #1 ($1(?) from Blackhumour, 
PO Box 315, Station A, Vancouver, B.C. CANADA): A most enigmatic 
journal challenging the brain. I'm beginning to figure this one out 
a little, although not much. Continuing from the last issue, the 
"multidimensional thinker" makes a few appearances—abstract 
thoughts on "attitude=information," and the arrow of entropy are 
all featured as well. In addition, this curious zine is beginning to 


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refer to itself, so it seems a little more accessible, at least you know 
someone is out there. Still one of my favorites, although why I 

don't know. (S-8t/CG)_ 

□TALES OF...BLARG! #1-2 (25* from Olga Snodgrass, PO Box 
4047, Berkeley, CA 94704-0047): A great new punk-feminist zine that 
could really shake up a few worldviews. Olga and her pal Helga 
write about herbal abortions, fantasize about ways to get revenge 
on men, go into blunt facts of female anatomy and otherwise cut 
loose. Alternately hilariously funny and scarily ser ious. (D-28/MG) 
TALKING LEAVES Mar. 1991 ($15/yr from 1430 Willamette #367, 
Eugene, OR 97401): A bioregional tabloid that is working on 
enhancing and developing a sense of oneness with the earth and 
its other denizens. This is the "symbols, myth and magic" issue, 
with interesting words from Lone Wolf Circles, more hundredth 
monkey stuff, and continued ideas on making a difference in the 

world. (T-24t/MG) _ 

TAP #103-104 ($2 from PO Box 20264, Louisville, KY 40250-0264): 
A zine for hackers and others who like to play around with new 
an illicit technology. These issues have articles on hacking ATM 
machines and modifying scanners to get you into frequencies where 
you are not supposed to be, plus some gossip from the computer 

underground circui t. (D-20r/MG) _ 

TAPADANCE #149 (Contact Tina Forsyth Butler, PO Box 567, 
W. Brookfield, MA 01585): An amateur press association with a 
pleasant family feeling about it. One gets the impression that the 
writers here are mostly old friends, sharing conversation in front of 
the fireplace. No nastiness, no set topics, just a good group of 

people chatting to gether. (S-76/MG) _ 

□TEKELI-LI #1 ($5.50 from Montilla Publications, do Jon Cooke, 
106 Hanover Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02861): A new "journal of terror" 
which looks back into classic stuff from Lovecraft and before and 
forward into the current generation of horror writers. This issue has 
a fat section on Les Daniels, lots of reviews, short fiction, dark 
artwork, a critique of splatterpunk, and plenty more. A fine critical 

start. (D-68t/MG) _ 

TEMPORARY CULTURE #5 ($5 from Henry Wessells, PO Box 
8180, New York, NY 10116-4650): This is the "Red (Manifesto) Issue", 
with a swatch of paint across the cover and visionary writings inside. 
Read about fear of really flying, the city of fire, Exteriorism, and 
other obscurities. An interesting read and a chewy one, theory and 
practice bubbling up from some unique intersection of cultures. 
(HS-22r/MG) 

THE TEST BANNER Spring 1991 
($5/yr or more donation from American 
Peace Test, PO Box 26725, Las Vegas, NV 
89126): A tabloid paper that reports on 
and coordinates actions opposing nuclear 
weapons testing in the US and (to a lesser 
extent) around the world. They report on 
recent actions and announce upcoming 
ones, plus look at legal efforts to stop the 
testing. (T-20t/MG) 

THE TEXAS SF INQUIRER #37 ($1.50 
from FACT, PO Box 9612, Austin, TX 
76012): A SF zine which opens this issue 
with an editorial about the media and 
their reporting of Desert Storm. There's a 
report on Soonercon, some reviews, and 
a long and fascinating interview with 
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. (S-16t/MG) 

TFYS Vol. X ($2 CASH/stamps from 
Spartacus, PO Box 22551, Memphis, TN 
38122-0551): This is the final TFYS, but 
don't worry, Spartacus says he'll be back 
with another zine in a few months. It's 
a wide-ranging collection of essays, trav¬ 
elogue, wanted posters for Christ, and 
other communication from the margins, 
designed to change the world or at least 
help people wake up a bit. Vaguely 
anarchist in tenor though not at all 
dogmatic. (D-40r/MG) 

THANATEROS #4 ($6 from PO Box 
89143, Atlanta, GA 30312): An occult 


magazine which explores some of the frontiers of modern ritual 
magickal practice. Topics in this issue include Ma'at magick, Orisha 
systems. Chaos astrology, a new version of the Tarot with Gnostic 
correspondences, and rituals involving cut-ups. TOPY members and 
other strange personages appear here, and the result is a 
mind-blowing stew of ideas about the cosmos and everything in it. 
(S-58t/MG) 

THAT LONG NEWSPAPER SPOON #5-6 (25 1 & SASE from Tom 
Long, 1122 1/2 N. 13th, DeKalb, IL 60115): Strange literary efforts 
that reference the war in an obscure fashion. #5 is the more linear 
of the two, musing on the war as a form of animism, a symbolic 
way to deal with America's problems. (D-4/MF) 

THAT'S EXPLOITATION! #2 ($3 from Gene Freese, 6426 Durango 
Dr., Ft. Wayne, IN 46815): A b-movie zine that focuses not so much 
on the movies (though Gene does review a handful in each issue) 
as on the actors who played in them. This issue has extensive 
biographical information on William Smith and Charles Napier. 

(S-24/MG) _ 

THEY WONT STAY DEAD! #4 ($1.50 from Brian Johnson, 11 
Werner Rd., Greenville, PA 16125): A zine of cheesy movies and 
occasional related cultural artifacts—this one has a review of the 
Revell "Visible Head" model, for example. Luther the Geek and Heathers 
are among the cin ematic offerings. (D-16/MG) 

THING #4 ($3.00 from 2151 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60622-3056): 
An outrageous and fun magazine by and for gay black men, but 
the rest of us can enjoy it as well. It covers arts and entertainment, 
gossip, an interview with Vaginal Davis, Ultra Nate, Dennis Cooper 
and Gary Indiana, performance and audio reviews, and then has 
room for the serious stuff. With strong writing and humor, they fill 
a void out there t hat surely needs it. (S-46t/CG) 

THIRD WORLD FORUM Vol. 20 #5 ($1 (?) from 13 Lower 
Freeborn, IC Davis, ASUCD #4000, Davis, CA 95616): A student-run 
paper from the University of California at Davis. They take a look 
at major issues, both on campus and in the world, from a people 
of color perspective. War in the Gulf, candidates for student 
government, and problems of racism are among the contents. 

(-12t/MG) _ 

THOUGHTS #26 ($9/yr from Mother Earth College of Ontario, 
2, The Pines, 100 Bain Ave., Riverdale, Toronto, ONT, M4K 1E8, 
CANADA): A collection of reprints and quotes and short essays 
dealing with ecological, pagan, and related issues. Restoring the 
earth, the continued push for nuclear power 
in Canada, pagan publications, book re¬ 
views, holistic health and the state of the 
ice caps are just a few of the issues here. 
(L-58/MG) 

THREE TWENTY SEVEN Vol.2 #1 ($1 
(?) from 115 15th St. W. #3, Minneapolis, 
MN 55403): "A publication by and for 
people bom on 3/27. And other." An 
unusual idea from an unusually jocular 
group of people—they are witty and clever 
in their assessments of culture, war, prog¬ 
ress (a must read article on progress), and 
burning questions of life, such as "Why are 
women named Margaret called 'Peg'?" Only 
one thing, they forgot to mention Michael 
York (also bom on 3/27). (D-7/CG) 

THRESHOLD Vol. 3 #3-4 ($15/yr from 
PO Box 1168, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1168): 
The newsletter of the Student Environmen¬ 
tal Action Coalition, a group of activists 
who are talking directly to corporations at 
the same time they're engaging in direct 
action. Most amusing in #3 is a copy of a 
report from some corporate intelligence 
service on them, and their own report of 
a meeting with BP officials. Exciting and 
active. #4 has much on strategy and tactics, 
including a look at the lessons to be learned 
from the SDS experience. (S-48t/MG) 
THUNDERBOW II NEWSLETTER #17- 
18 ($15/12 issues from Church of Seven 
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0185): Intended as a cross-reference and dialogue publication between 
pagans and non-pagans. Planetary balances, a calendar of events, 
I-Ching, book reviews, and news bites from across the nation are 
listed. There's also usually a channeled article or two. (S-12/CG) 
TINA Bizarre Sex Issue ($2 CASH/Stamps from Osiris Ranebo, 
PO Box 1914, Bellingham, WA 98227-1914): A very strange little 
zine, with everything from a blasphemous picture of Jesus to an 
article on sex with inflatable rubber animals. It comes with a free 
tampon, letters from other readers, and an overall sense that there 
is some odd cosmic joke going on here with the Sacred Vegetable. 

(D-36t/MG) _ 

TONGA DADA Vol. 1 #3/4 (Stamps from Jerry Tonga, 58 N. 
Columbus Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY 10553): Another collection of 
photocopy art. Jerry incorporates fish, cellular telephones, heads and 
more into his work, which is then massaged and deconstructed by 
the fallible eye of the copier. Comes with a free st icker. (M-16/MG) 
TORN SCROTUM #5 ($2.75 CASH from PO Box 1523, Place 
Bona venture, Montreal, QUE, H5A 1H6, CANADA): A zine of 
madness, horror and nastiness in contemporary culture. Circumcision 
as child abuse, nasty poetry, legal highs (though I am not sure I 
would trust what it has to say about toads), a Mike Diana illustration, 
aand more. (S-20/MG)_ 

□TOTAL ECLIPSE Vol. 5 #1 ($2 from J. Taylor Block, PO Box 
1055, Suisun City, CA 94585): A selection of oddball news for the 
discerning reader. There's a fire in a freak museum, some blighted 
castles from Scotland, news of non-celibate priests, Japanese religion, 
reviews of books on magic and plenty more here . (S-12t/MG) 

A TOUCH OF TEASE #2 ($1.50 from Dr. Weasle, 23 Nelson 
Ave. #3, Kingston, ONT, K7I 3W6, CANADA): A selection of pinup 
drawings from the mysterious Dr. Weasle. This time he shows off 
his bondage drawings, all young women in leather boots and rubber 
and whips and so on. From classy to sleazy. (D-2 8/MG) 

TOURIST TRAP #10 ($1 from POBox 1033, Newport, R.I. 02840): 
This one keeps getting better with each issue. The Kinsella brothers 
(editors) have two distinct voices but share the same outlook on 
alternative presentations and knowledge. The editorial subjects range 
from phony righteousness to phony record collectors; this issue 
includes poetry from Weinman and Weiss, music and zines reviews, 
some unusual perceptions on the homeless and a guide to lobbying 
for causes in your state. Dedicated and honest stu ff. (S-36/CG) 
TOTAL ECLIPSE Vol.5 #2 ($2 from POBox 1055, Suisun City, 
CA 94585): A Wiccan publication with a lot of diverse interests, the 
lead story is about Madame Blavatsky ("Queen of Theosophy"), a 
19th century medium, while other articles include unleashing psychic 
energy on the Medfly, a demonic presence in northwestern Italy, 
and another 19th century figure, the Comtesse de Castiglione who 
resembled a real li fe, female Dorian Gray. (S-12/C G) 

TRANET #69 ($30/yr from PO Box 567, Rangeley, ME 04970): 
This one provides an overview of the many grassroots alternative 
& Transformational movements out there, people trying to help other 
people with technology and ideas that make sense. #69 is the annual 
members directory issue, in which dozens of folks explain their own 
particular projects and invite direct networking. (S -8t/MG) 

TRANSITIONS ABROAD Mar/Apr 1991 ($4.50 Smaple copy from 
Dept. TRA, Box 3000, Denville, NJ 07834): The quarterly magazine 
for those wishing to live and work abroad, whether through schools 
or on your own. This issue is devoted to Eastern Europe: the Soviet 
Union (giving alternatives to packaged tourism), confusion in 
travelling in the Eastern Bloc, and various work camps in that part 
of the world. Articles are written by people who have lived these 
experiences, so th e information can be very valua ble. (S-64t/CG) 
□TRAP DOOR #10 ($4.75 from Robert Lichtman, PO Box 30, 
Glen Ellen, CA 95442): This is a science fiction zine in the classic 
genzine format—a rapidly declining genre, judging by Robert's own 
statistics on the matter in this issue. He prints material from a 
number of fandom's greats: a short story by Terry Carr, a meandering 
column from Redd Boggs, Bob Shaw on weird experiences. There 
is also a long and thoughtful lettercol featuring much discussion of 
the state of fan publishing. (HL-48t/MG) 

TRIDENT #61-62 ($5 from Embassy of Satan, PO Box 666, 
Whitehall, PA 18052): A Satanist zine which claims that most or all 
of the others are impure, religious loonies rather than social realists. 
This issue lays out their place in Satanic history, goes after 


mainstream religion, and offers various goodies from VHS rituals to 
pacts with the dev il you can sign. (S-20/MG) 

TRIPE #5 (50* & SASE from Greg Petix, 1323 N, Norton, Tucson, 
AZ 85719): A medley of material. There's a comic translating 
mythological themes into a modern setting, some altered and cropped 
photos, and surreal disturbing poetry. Greg also records TRIPE 
AUDIO FANZINE on his answering machine; you can hear it at 

602-326-6684. _ 

TRIPS #2 ($2 Sample copy from 401 Richmond St.W., Ste. 348, 
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1X3 CANADA [make check payable to 
Breakaway Media]): The second issue is here and looking a lot more 
rounded out with international adventures described in detail by the 
people who actually went there and experienced them. Read about 
hiking in Ecuador, partying in New Zealand and watching out for 
yourself in Belize. Looks like this one is gaining momentum. 

(S-14/CG) _ 

TRUTH SEEKER Vol.117 #7 ($4.00 Single issue from POBox 2832, 
San Diego, CA 92112): A most singular and outspoken freethought 
magazine. The articles printed represent a desire to explore the entire 
subject, no matter what, and present all sides to the issue. #7 covers 
two main subjects: that of the plight of children i.e. their rights, 
their culture, the aspects of sexual and religious abuse, et al. The 
other topic, so ironically converse, is that of Wilhelm Reich and his 
findings. Each article makes bold statements, both pro and con, with 
responses and defenses intact. An excellent source of debates. 
(S-56t/CG) 

TURBOT O'BRIAN Vol. 1 #8 ($5/yr from PO Box 41302, Tucson, 
AZ 85717-1302): Weird little pamphlet zine that refuses to stay in 
any pigeonhole for long. This issue has a gossipy story about a 
tangled love relationship, plus some weird ads. (S-2/MG) 

TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS #2 ($2 from 3739 Balboa St. #142, 
San Francisco, CA 94121): A zine that is out to bust a few 
preconceptions—and a few other things, judging by the heavy-duty 
bomb plans here. There's a great short story featuring two punks 
and a bluesman, bizarre sexual fetishes, and an anti-work comic, to 
name a few more features. (S-24/MG) 

TWISTED #12 ($1 from Jamie Early, 11698 Howitzer Ln., 
Woodbridge, VA 22192): A skateboarding zine with some of the 
finest skate photos I've seen—nice screening, good printing, good 
camera angles. Jamie writes a few words about each place and 
person seen and finds room to tuck in some music reviews too. 

(D-20t/MG) _ 

T.W.I.T. Vol.l #2 ($30/yr from Excogitations, PO Box 6260, 
Pasadena, TX 77506 [make check payable to Excogitations]): "Third 
World International Traveler." A travel newsletter of a specific type: 
this is for the swinging bachelor type who wishes to find fun and 
sex in exotic lands, primarily Thailand. Actually it's quite informative 
and detailed; the editor relays all of his experience in dealing with 
hotels, cabs, brothels, money, cleanliness, and duly advises potential 
adventurers to take heed while touring. There's also an added feature 
on the use of condoms (bring your own) and the prevalence of 
AIDS and other diseases. Friendly advice on an unusual hobby. 

(S-8/CG) __ 

UFO Vol. 6 #2 ($5 from California UFO, 1800 S. Robertson Box 
355, Los Angeles, CA 90035): A magazine that is valiantly trying to 
sort out the disinformation from the facts in the UFO field, dealing 
with FOIA requests, eyewitness reports, photos, hypnosis and more. 
The overall sense I get is that something is going on, that the 
government has deliberately confused the picture, and that trying 
to get the answer s is a sure route to major confu sion. (S-48t/MG) 
□UNCLE Vol. 4 #2 ($2.25 from 201 Wyandotte, Kansas City, 
MO): A litmag that bills itself as "for those who have given up". 
This gives them latitude to run some pretty experimental stuff, 
including Rosalind Warren's "The Year's BEST Short Story" and an 
advice column that devolves into a bitching session over getting 
fired. For people who find the usual short story and poetry forms 
too constraining. (D-64t/MG) 

□UNCOMMON SENSE Vol.l #1-2 ($1 (?) from PO Box 40710, 
Portland, OR 97240-0710):An exceptional newsletter of satire and 
parody, primarily poking fun at the powers that be, they claim to 
be centered at the Portland Pataphysical Outpatient Clinic, Lounge 
and Laundromat. They cleverly imitate press news and analysis 
covering the Gulf War ("Desert Swarm"), the rhetorical impeachment 
of the president ("All We Are Saying Is Give Quayle A Chance"), 



























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and their chief goal is to "encourage revolution through laughter 
and derision" while "opposing idiocy whenever possible." Good 
stuff. (S-6/CG) 

□UNDERGROUND QUARTERLY ($1 (?) from PO Box 26517, 
Philadelphia, PA 19141):This is a no-frills publication with only one 
purpose: to help people not get picked up by airport narcs. Of 
course, we would never assume readers wanted to smuggle drugs, 
this is just to make sure they don't get tagged as couriers by mistake. 
(D-6r/MG) _ 

THE UNDERGROUND S-CENSORED Vol.23 #1-2 ($1 or trade 
from Greg Carden, 7216 Briarcliff Drive, Springfield, VA 22153): In 
the great tradition of underground high school newsletters, this one 
comes from a student who already graduated from the school and 
is still pissed off about its censorious attitude. There was an incident 
of note concerning a sexual minority discussion and support group 
that was controversial and ruffled everyone's collars. Everyone from 
Eugene Debs to Bob Dobbs has their say in here, and it ends with 
an ardent call for standing up for your beliefs and thoughts. #2 
comes along with absolutely nothing written in it except a plea for 
people to write in their feelings themselves. Two pages of blankness 
waiting to be filled. A meritorious effort. (S-4r/CG) 

THE UNINTELLIGENCER #2 ($1 CASH from Embassy of Planet 
Claire, PO Box 3194, Bellingham, WA 98227): A collection of humor, 
short stories, and essays, plus a few zine reviews. Read about ropy 
saliva, the recycling of 70's culture, or the tax burden of the editor. 
There is a subway graphic in the centerfold for use as wallpaper, 
plus many inexplicable references to tuna. (D-20t/MG) 

□UNITY & STRUGGLE Vol. 1 #l-Vol. 2 #2 ($1 (?) from PO Box 
1313, Newark, NJ 07101): A resolutely Communist, hardcore 
Marxist-Leninist revolutionary newsletter directed at the African- 
American community. These issues range from analyses of why we 
can't win in the g ulf to basic theory of imperialism . (S-8t/MG) 

□UNNECESSARY THINGS #1 (50[cents] in stamps from Jeff 
Buddie, PO Box 5961, Buena Park, CA 90622): "A new load of 
derision" turns out to be close-to-the-bone selections of the editor's 
life, in which a feeling of doom surrounds it seems. Imaginative 
but gloomy compositions on break-ups, strange dreams of a movie 
theater, casual talks with Death, and a travel story from San 
Francisco—he warns us that he's been feeling out of sorts lately and 
this may be just a way to let go of the demons. Creative way of 
handling melancho lia. (D-10r/CG) _ 

UNSETTLED Vol.2 #8 (The Usual from Donald J. Morrison, 
POBox 562, Columbia Station, OH 44028-0562): Personal news, views 
and reviews from Donald, who is more classically cultured than 
your average zinester. He talks about some movies he's seen, some 
thoughts on Rocky and Bullwinkle, and his plan for the Warner 
Bros, cartoon characters to star in a production of Les Miserables, of 
which he knows backwards and forwards. He also buys a lot of 
videos. Friendly. (D-lOr/CG) 

THE UPRIGHT OSTRICH Vol.X #3-4 ($18/yr from Peggy Poor, 
POBox 11691, Milwaukee, WI 53211): Lively news and views from 
conservative constitutionalists who warn readers about what the 
"New World Order" might exactly mean. They look back to the 
turn of the century for explanations of financial ruin by domination, 
compare the 30s to the 90s, and discuss global imperialism. (S-23t/CG) 

UPSTREAM Early Spring 1991 ($15/yr from the Literary Center, 
PO Box 85116, Seattle, WA 98145-1116): Formerly the LITERARY 
CENTER QUARTERLY, this is still a place for writers in the 
Northwest to gather. This issue has several essays on what defines 
an American writer, fiction excerpts, and an essay on myth and 
illusion in relation to the war. They also review books and print 
thoughtful letters. (S-24t/MG) 

THE URBAN HERBALIST Vol. 1 #2 ($3/4 issues from Ellen 
Carter, 322 E. 11th St. #3, New York, NY 10003): This one is for 
city-bound herbalists (and other healers—there is a strong Wiccan 
undercurrent here). This issue reviews a book on the power aspect 
of the menstrual cycle and discusses where to buy herbs and learn 
about them in Manhattan and environs. (S-6/MG) 

UPTON TEA QUARTERLY Vol.2 #1 ($1 Sample from POBox 
159, Upton, MA 01568): Combination tea fanzine and catalog. Teas 
from all over the world are discussed and sold through the mail. 
"Tea as a Philosophy of Life" continues in its third installment—which 
details the history of the tea ceremony. (S-6t/CG) 


THE URINE NATION NEWS #3 ($10/12 issues from Digit Press, 
PO Box 920066, Norcross, GA 30092): This one is for people 
concerned with drug testing and similar civil rights issues. This one 
reprints some of the federal law dealing with DoT testing, looks at 
the Newt Gingrich bill to turn the country into a police state, and 
reports on some re cent overblown law enforcement actions. (S-4t/MG) 
USSR NEWS BRIEF No. 1-2 1991 ($40/yr from Das Land und 
Die Welt, eV, Schwanthalerstr. 73, 8000 Munchen 2, WEST 
GERMANY): A newsletter which keeps an eye on the human rights 
in the USSR. It reports on recent arrests, trials new and old, political 
upheavals and more. They maintain as comprehensive as possible 
a list of political p risoners in the USSR as well. (D -8r/MG) 

□VAGINA DENT AT A/PURR VERSION ($1.50 from Box 336, 
253 College St. E, Toronto, ONT, M5T 1R5, CANADA): A new zine 
"for female sexual misfits unnable to adhere to any political 
ideology". They've got reprinted pom from the 50s, new lesbian 
stories, a patent for a "penis lacerating device", bondage and hot 
poetry. Outrageou s but well done. (D-40/MG) 

VAMPIRE ARCHIVES #14 ($1 (?) from 2926 W. Leland, Chicago, 
IL 60625): A collection of notes about vampires in the media (and 
occasionally elsewhere). They review books and movies and TV 
shows, and reprint vampire notes and mentions. This issue has an 
extensive list of co mics featuring vampire appeara nces. (S-18/MG) 
VDT NEWS Vol. VIII #2 ($87/6 months from PO Box 1799, Grand 
Central Sta., New York, NY 10163): News about the health hazards 
associated with video display terminals and computer screens, mostly 
focused on the radiation aspect but with attention to things like 
eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome as well. They track both the 
legal and medical side of the issues, and report on new products 
reacting to research. (S-12t/MG) 

VEGETARIAN VOICE Vol. 17 #4 ($18/yr Trom NAVS, PO Box 
72, Dolgeville, NY 13329): The newsletter of the North American 
Vegetarian Society, a group interested in promoting vegetarianism 
and encouraging vegetarians. They print new recipes, follow the 
latest health news, and are active in outreach and events (such as 
the annual Vegeta rian Summerfest). (S-40t/MG) 

□VERN-O-RAMA (Donation from Vem, 2316 Delaware Ave. #102, 
Buffalo, NY 14216): Vern has decided to start putting out a 
personalzine so that he may speak more freely about injustice. This 
issue has a call to dump the director of the New York State Pride 
Agenda and a warning about 900 numbers and your privacy. Gender 
and gay issues predominate. Also enclosed was a poster almost 
suggesting vigilante justice for someone who murdered a homosex¬ 
ual. (HL-6t/MG) __ 

VIDEO VULTURE Vol. 1 #3 ($2 (?) from PO Box 2160, Red 
Bank, NJ 07701): A mix of violent video and violent society. The 
reviews here come out in a stream of consciousness style, just short 
of raving, and trash as many grody films as they recommend. There 
is also a long interview with GG Allin, still in prison and as 
unrehabilitated as ever. (S-30/MG) 

VIRGIN FANZINE #3 (50* from John Smurfburger, PO Box 134, 
Waynesville, MO 65583): A collection of clippings and little bits of 
John's mail. There is an interview with Jim Matheos, bad jokes, a 
bit about Judas Priest getting acquitted, and a reader survey. 
(D-8r/MG) 

VIRGINIA LIBERTY'Vol. 7 #2 ($10/yr from LPVA, PO Box 28263, 
Richmond, VA 07701): Liber¬ 
tarian news and opinion 
from the great state of Vir¬ 
ginia. They've got reports on 
what the Party is up to in 
that state, as well as little 
snippets of Libertarian pro¬ 
paganda and examples of 
statist silliness. (T-4t/MG) 

VITAL INFORMATION 
#4 ($1 (?) from PO Box 
791377, New Orleans, LA 
70179-1377): A collection of 
obscure, underground and, 
yes, vital information. This 
issue takes on television, 
finding a lot to complain 
about in that flickering me- 


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dium. Neat interview with the Black Spoon Gang of urban graffiti 
terrorists, as well as food irradiation, "how to spot cops", and other 
goodies. (D-20r/MG) 

□VOICE FOR ANIMALS Vol. 3 #3-Vol. 4 #1 ($12/yr from PO 
Box 120095, San Antonio, TX 78212): Newsletter of a grassroots 
animal rights organization which is working on a lot of levels. These 
two issues alone include pieces on the fur industry, rodeos, hunting,, 
and much on vivisection. Of special note in #1 is a listing of some 
outrageous statements from outfits you would expect to be 
pro-animal, or at least anti-cruelty, including the Audobon Society 
and Greenpeace. (S-10/MG) 

□THE VOICE OF HORUS ON HORIZON #1-2 ($7/yr from 
Rehmus, PO Box 190667, San Francisco, CA 94119): "The Newsletter 
of the Academy of M/magic(kal/ Arts". The first issue is full of 
Terrence McKenna, from his fractalized time ideas to notes on which 
of his thoughts the author doesn't believe. The second is short 
reprinted clippings on religion in America. (S-3/MG) 

VOICES FROM SPIRIT Vol.4 #5 ($4/6 issues from PO Box 533065, 
Orlando, FL 32853): A migratory spiritist zine featuring channeled 
interviews from all over the hereafter. A concise definition of Magick 
is given, along with conversations with the spirits of Humphrey 
Bogart, Zeus, and Mary of Nazarene. There is also some commentary 
on creative visualization and some short fiction by editor Rev. Gerald 

Polley. (S-7r/CG) _ 

THE VOLUNTARYIST #49 ($15/6 issues from PO Box 1275, 
Gramling, SC 29348): A zine for those who stand in opposition to 
the state. This issue looks at citizenship and expatriation, and in 
particular the question of renouncing US citizenship without taking 
on another, something the courts in this country have not been too 

keen on. A well d one issue. (S-8t/MG) _ 

□VORLINA VIDPUNI #1 (SASE from Rick Harrison, 2145 
Oglesby Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789): The budding newsletter of 
Vorlin, the latest artificial language to come down the pike. This 
issue translates a short Latin text and then gives the first list of 

official root words in the language. (S-4/MG) _ 

WAGE SLAVE WORLD NEWS Vol. 3 #3 ($12/12 issues from 
PO Box 1217, Madison, WI 53701-1217): Humor in a labor-activist 
vein. This one leads with a story about the plan to summon UFOs 
to help get anti-scab legislation passed, since they figure this has a 
better chance than trying to override a Bush veto. (S-4/MG) 

WALKING-STICK NOTES #22 ($1 (?) from Cecil Curds, 4051 E. 
Olive Rd. #231, Pensacola, FL 32514): A newsletter for those into 
collecting and using walking sticks—which are not, as the main 
article in this issue makes quite clear, the same as canes. Patents, 
types of sticks, the use of sticks in gardening are all in this issue. 
(S-4/MG)_ 

□WALLPAPER the third ($2 (?) from PO Box 20249, New York, 
NY 10025): A cardstock reprint of a poster magazine from 1986 (a 
fourth issue is promised soon). With the theme of photos and 
conversation, its a college of pictures and scraps of writing—over¬ 
heard chats, missing persons pictures, analyzed arty photographs, 
and much more. Something to perplex passers-b y. (S-15r/MG) 
W.A.M.M. Vol. 9 #7 ($30/yr from 3255 Hennepin Ave. S, 
Minneapolis, MN 55408): This is the newsletter of Women Against 
Military Madness, a networking group intent on seeing peace. They 
have of course been very active during the Gulf War, but there are 

still valuable connec¬ 
tions to be made here 
even in times of (rel¬ 
ative) peace. (S- 
8t/MG) 

WAR Vol. 9 #5 
($20/yr from PO Box 
65, Fallbrook, CA 
92028): That stands 
for White Aryan Re¬ 
sistance, the newspa¬ 
per of Tom Metzger 
and his crew, who 
admit openly to being 
racist and hateful. 
This issue tells their 
side of the trial that 
resulted in a multi¬ 


million dollar judgment against them, and vows to keep on fighting 
regardless of these activities in the courts. (T-16t/M G) 

THE WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS 
Vol.9 #10-11 ($15/yr from American Educational Trust, PO Box 

53062, Washington, DC 20009): A glossy magazine of generally 
pro-Arab sentiment, describing in detail the events of the past months 
with commentary and reflection. "Linkage" is discussed as a way 
towards peace, a comparison between Palestinian professor Sari 
Nusseibeh and Captain Alfred Dreyfus (a Jew in 19th century French 
military), and the effects of curfews imposed on Palestinian families 
in the West Bank. (S-92t/CG) 

WATCH THE CLOSING DOORS! #5 ($12/6 issues from Fred 
Argoff, Box 1290, 1204 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229): A zine for 
the lover of mass transit systems. This one ranges from the Paris 
and Miami system maps, through photos of London tube stations, 
to a bus ride in the LA area. Plenty of photos and memories here. 

(D-16/MG) _ 

THE WAWONA NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS #10 ($5/yr from 
POBox 2131, Wawona, CA 95389): A community newsletter seeking 
to create a closer sense of community with one another. They talk 
about what's been happening in the neighborhood lately (including 
the presence of a ten foot chain link "privacy" fence which has 
caused quite a turmoil), from the Girl Scouts to local political 
candidates and also spotlight citizens who've helped out in various 

ways. (S-6t/CG) _ 

WE ARE THE WEIRD Vol. VII #9-15 ($35/52 issues from PO Box 
2002, Dallas, TX 75221): Non-stop humor and movie commentary 
from the fiercely irreverent Joe-Bob Briggs (his answer to a bomagain 
subscription cancellation in #10 is a classic). #9 looks into the media 
coverage of the war, en route to a review of Caged Fury. #13 includes 
his recognition of fanzines as a major sociopolitical phenomenon. 

(S-8t/MG) _ 

□WEAR WOLF #1 ($1 or trade from Wolfs Head Press, POBox 
77, Sunderland, SRI 1EB ENGLAND): A diverting new perzine that 
mixes its personal commentary wanderings into fantasy and spiritual 
events. Lively yet a little uneven still, we discover some gossip from 
the UK, a bit about Glastonbury, the "Curse of the Druid's Head," 
and some pretty i nteresting stuff about crop circle s. (D-19r/CG) 
THE WEIRD NEWS #9 (SASE from Donald F. Busky, 7393 Rugby 
St., Philadelphia, PA 19138-1236): Curious and silly news from a 
world weirder than the one I inhabit at least some of the time. This 
issue has Daryl Gates explaining that he is not a racist, plus further 
details of Busky's plan for total world mail art dom ination. (S-3/MG) 
WEEKLY WORLD NOOSE #3 ($1.50 CASHIStamps from 333B N. 
Park, Tucson, AZ 85719): If suicide attempts are cries for help, what 
are zines about suicide? Morbidly funny, in this case. Mostly ifs 
about all the good reasons for killing oneself, though they also get 
into such side issues as what your pets will do after you're gone. 
Nasty stuff, and the sort of thing that most mothers would not 
want their impressionable kids to read. (S-12t/MG) 

WE THE PEOPLE #49 (Contact Michael Wolff, PO Box 704, 
South Houston, TX 77587-0704): An democratically inspired apa of 
political and social comment, exhausting in its scope. The range of 
members falls anywhere on the political spectrum, so to list the 
topics covered would be too huge a task for a simple review. 
Discussions of education, sf, God, liberals, animal rights (with input 
from M. Gunderloy), drug use and current dangers in crack, along 
with poetic and satiric verse aimed right at the nation's political 

center. (S-90/CG) __ 

□THE WHALE TIMES #11-14 ($1 from Greg Sax, 420 W. 
Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703): This collection of essays and 
other goodies has the feel of a private club. Greg seems to have 
invited a batch of his friends and given them a page each. This 
gets us rants about lawyers, lists of words that need to be 
demasculinzed, poetry, cranky letters from one columnist to another, 
and so on. Chit-chat and argument on a friendly level. (S-24/MG) 
□WHO IS THE ORIGINATOR OF MY THOUGHTS Vol. 1 #1 
($1.67 postage from Pastor Irrelevant, 7201 25th Ave., Adelphi, MD 
20783): A government-sponsored collage of material drawn from 
recruiting ads, some porno, the daily papers, and the author's own 
fevered brain. There are a few letters explaining the theory of 
irrelevance, and a bombardment of media images from crime to 
advertising (or are they the same?). (S-35/MG) 


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P.0. Box 169 
Salvisa, Kentucky 40372 
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WHOLE EARTH REVIEW #70 ($7 from PO Box 38, Sausalito, 
CA 94966): An essential magazine of reviews, ideas and articles for 
those of us trying to stay positive in a wildly changing culture. This 
issue has Gareth Branwyn writing about the free medicine available 
from the Gesundheit Institute, Wavy Gravy chronicling his sip into 
city politics as a candidate, and yours truly writing about zines. 
Learn how to predict eclipses, where to buy fireman's tools, or 
about a new hot sauce that's getting good press. A great resource 

for the interesting person. (5-144t/MG) _ 

□WICKED MYSTIC Vol.2 #4 ($4.00 plus postage Sample copy 
from POBox 4432, Sunnyside, NY 11104): A surprising digest of dark 
fantasy, poetry and pretty ribald humor. I enjoyed the diversity 
popping out of it: poems upon poems ranging from the amateur to 
the progressive (a nice, if uneven mix), occult BBSs, an interview 
with Cannibal Corpse, and unusual features like "The Shit List," 
which describes in detail the various examples of our bathroom 
droppings—or "Revenge Made Easy," a guide to getting even. Lots 
of fun if your tast es run a bit eclectic. (D-58/CG) 

THE WILD FOODS FORUM Vol.2 #3 ($15/yr from Deborah 
Duchon, 4 Carlisle Way, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308): A monthly 
newsletter for the wild food finder and grower. A quality calendar 
of events is listed for much of the country (with hikes, edible plant 
walks, or even shitake mushroom cultivation!), and also plenty of 
reader response. This issue also clears up much of the confusion 
surrounding the yucca root. Informative and friendly. (S-8/CG) 
WINGSPAN Apr. 1991 (Donation from The Advantage Group, 
Inc., 11 Beach St. #4, Manchester, MA 01944): A tabloid for those 
involved in the men's movement in its various facets. This issue 
has an excellent article on the practice of the Talking Stick Council, 
a historical look at secret societies and the needs that drive them, 
and an interview with James Swan, among much other good material. 

(T-16t/MG) _ 

WIRE Fall '90-Winter '91 ($2.00 from 2696 Summit Ave., Highland 
Park, IL 60035): A double issue of one of the more experimental 
litmags around. The poems and fiction included may be swimming 
in untested waters but in many cases that's what makes them exciting 
to read. "Fresh language," as the editors claim. Of note is Dean 
Shavit's essay on the role of a poet during a war and Trudy Lewis' 

short story "Centr al Air." (S-58t/CG) _ 

WORDBURGER! 1/29/91 ($1 <?) from Chunk o Crust, 1107 
Alabama, San Francisco, CA 94110): Kind of a slapdash but 
meaningful homemade zine that contrasts weird comics with typed 
messages concerning the folly of the Gulf War. Separately the 
contents fall a little short, but together they combine provocatively. 

(D-28r/CG) _ 

A WORD IN EDGEWISE #1 (75* from 634 College Hwy, 
Evansville, IN 47714): An open forum for essays and opinion (as 
well as some poetry). This issue has some liberal opinion on the 
gulf war, a piece opposing vivisection, and an article on the decline 
of East St. Louis. But the editor says other views are just as welcome, 
and he hopes to make this into an interesting forum. (D-20t/MG) 
□WORD OF MOUTH #19 ($10/12 issues from 115 Grand St., 
Brooklyn, NY 11211-4123): An artifact from the North Brooklyn 
Bohemia. This issue has discussions of gender images and a bit of 
geography o selected art spaces. There is a schedule of events and 
a selection of calls for work as well. (S-8t/MG) 

□WORKER'S INFO RAG #8 (Donation from Zamisadat Press, 
GPO Box 1255, Grade Station, New York, NY 10028): An 
anti-capitalist, anti-state opinion sheet that reads like a letter to 
someone unfamiliar with our economic state. It speaks fully of the 
dire economic situation, points fingers at the state and figures that 

things are just ab out to crumble. (S-6/CG) _ 

WORKS #7 (£2.50 from Dave W. Hughes, 12 Blakestones Road, 
Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5UQ, UK): A zine of science fiction 
which spends most of its time out on the experimental frontier— 
reminiscent a bit of the early heady days of New Wave. Ian Watson 
performs some surgery in this issue, Dave Thomas lends some 
bizarre lyrics to the stew, and Craig Herbertson takes us into a 
future of strange entertainments. Quite a lot to choose from here, 

most very provoca tive. (D-50t/MG) _ 

THE WORLD IS FULL OF SHIT #4 ($1 from Kevin J. Lintner, 
827 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603-2739 [DO NOT PUT THE 
ZINE NAME ON THE ENVELOPE]): If you put the zine name on 
the envelope, Kevin will promptly return it to the sender unopened. 


But it's worth checking out anyway, especially with the demise 
ofCLIPOPHILIA. It has much the same feel, and these aren't random 
clippings, no way. Kevin either has some bones to pick or he's 
pretty disgusted with what we read in the news and carefully selects 
a bunch from mainstream papers for our amusement/repellence. 
Kittens with two heads, parents spying on their teenage children, 
condom earrings are only a few of the assorted stories to be found 

here. (S-8r/CG) _ 

THE WORLD OF FANDOM MAGAZINE Vol. 12 #2 ($12/4 issues 
from PO Box 9421, Tampa, FL 33604): "Fandom" in this case is a 
broad term, covering everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
to Judas Priest, Edward Scissorhands to an interview with Roger 
Corman. They do movie and comic news, and review independent 
video as well as big-name movies. Something for all manner of 

media fans here. ( S-64t/MG) __ 

WORLD PERSPECTIVES Vol. 2 #3-4 ($19/12 issues from PO Box 
3074, Madison, WI 53704): World news as monitored from the 
shortwave bands, thus giving points of view ranging from that of 
Radio Sweden International to that of Radio Beijing. Much of #3 is 
focused on the war in Iraq, in an attempt to give a broader picture 
than most US media sources seem capable of. #4 covers many other 
stories, as well as continuing postwar problems in the Mideast. 

(HL-32t/MG) _ 

WORLD WAR II REVIEW #6-7 ($20/6 issues CASH/MO only from 
Broadhead Publishing, Broadhead, Castleshaw, Delph, Oldham OK3 
5LZ, ENGLAND): A collection of material about die second world 
war and the men who fought in it. #6 includes first-hand recollections 
of the sinking of the Royal Oak at Scapa Flow, a review of a new 
book on Hitler's Barbarossa campaign, and more. They also list 
reunions and review the occasional veterans' newsletter. #7 reviews 
several books about the war and contains memories of another naval * 

battle. (A4-16t/MG)_ — 

' WORM #20 ($10/12 issues from 115 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 
11211-4123): An unusual zine combining art and technology with 
discussions of each: Techno-Romanticism is talked about with 
well-explained justification for the computer artist as artiste. Also 
reviews of recent art shows and the sociology of men/women looking 

at each other on t he train. (s-7/CG) __ 

WOULD YOU BELIEVE? #36 ($3.25 from WYB Publications, HC 
80 Box 156, Marshall, AR 72650): A zine of far-out Forteana. There 
is speculation here on UFOs, a bit of writing by Shaver, underground 
passages in Washington DC, the veracity of the Philadelphia 
Experiment, and a challenge to modern physics. The editor reprints 
stuff from all over , most quite fantastic. (S-25/MG) 

WRESTLING CHATTERBOX Feb.-Mar. 1991 ($2 from Georgiann 
Makropoulos, 23-44 30th Dr., Astoria, NY 11102-3252): A wrestling 
newsletter that really feels friendly and fannish, enjoying the sport 
while still critiquing it when need be. February has a look at famous 
managers of the past, notes on upcoming matches, and a few more 
photos of Georgiann with pro wrestlers. More managers and a reader 

survey grace the March issue. (S-28/MG) _ 

WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWLETTER 3/4/91-4/15/91 ($5/4 issues 
from PO Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228): The standard news 
source for the world of professional wrestling. Dave Meltzer puts 
this out without frills, but he packs it full of match results, letters 
from readers, and inside news. 4/1 includes the facts and figures 
on the recent Wrestlemania and Starrcade shows. Weird Japanese 
wrestling gossip is the main feature of the April 15 ed ition. (S-lOr/MG) 
WRESTLING PERSPECTIVE Vol. II #1 ($1 from PO Box 401, 
Camillus, NY 13031-0401): A wrestling zine which avoids the usual 
match reportage and gossip, preferring instead to prevent longer 
essays. This issue considers the state of the WWF, the exploitation 
of the war within wrestling, and the proposal in New York state 

to deregulate the i ndustry. (S-8t/MG) _ 

WRESTLING THEN & NOW #15 ($1.25 from Evan Ginzburg, 
PO Box 471, Oakland Gardens Sta., Flushing, NY 11364): A wrestling 
zine which looks back at the classic wrestlers and matches of the 
past decades. This issue starts off with a lengthy interview with 
John Tolos, and re prints some older bits on him. (S-10/MG) 

WRITE ON Feb.-Apr. 1991 ($10/yr from Writers Resource Center 
of Toledo, PO Box 2945, Toledo, OH 43606): A newsletter for writers, 
focused mainly on those in the Toledo area, as they hold open 
readings and other events. They also give, out a bit of market news 
and encourage writers to get involved with one another. The April 





























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issue pays tribute to the recently-deceased Etheridge Knight. 
(S-6t/MG) 6 


XCURRZIONS #13 (99tf from Jane Poe, 515 Ashbury St., San 
Francisco, CA 94117): A collection of literary material of puzzling 
antecedents. There are short comics, what seem to be dreams, 
drawings, surrealism, and hopeful-looking bugs. Something to scratch 
your head over. ( D- 16/MG) _ 

XENOFILE #9 ($6/4 issues from Con-Version, PO Box 1088, Stn. 
M, Calgary, AB, T2P 2K9, CANADA): A Canadian SF zine which 
has gradually expanded from being the newsletter for a particular 
convention to being a country-wide newszine. There are short bits 
here from all over, plus a report on SF-related stamps, book reviews, 
nasty words about Piers Anthony, and the 1991 Aurora Award 
nominations. (S-26t/MG) 

XIZQUIL #4 ($3.50 from Uncle River, Unit 79, Box 8, Arenas 
Valley, NM 88022): A litzine which presents mainly fantasy in a 
no-frills setting. There's a nice short piece from Harry Willson in 
this issue, some sword and sorcery from Patricia Shaw Mathews 
and Michael McKe nny, and much more. (D-58r/MG ) 

X MAGAZINE #2 ($1.50 CASH from 800 W. Madison, Phoenix, 
AZ 85007): A magazine which is part of the alternative scene in 
Arizona, which is apparently still pretty slow. There is a humorous 
notice for those who exceed the terms of their artistic license, an 
interview with percussionist Peter Ragan, and a talk with an artist 
who goes in for surrealism and so has had to build her own support 
system. (HL-16t/MG) 

YHOS #50 (Contact Art Widner, 231 Courtney Boat, Orinda, 
CA 94563): An apa-like sfanzine that touches on some marginal 
aspects of fandom and horror. There's a enlightening discussion 
about current horror films and how movies like Henry: Portrait of a 
Serial Killer resensitize us to violence, what's happening in fandom 
these days, and a poignant essay by veteran fan Ray Nelson about 
"Postmod" and his feelings on the "world of tomorrow." Lots more 
in this lively volume. (HL-46r/CG) 

□YIPPIE KI YAY, MOTHERFUCKER ("The Fannish Usual" from 
Terry Frost, 12/18 Robe St., St. Kilda, 3182 AUSTRALIA): Lively 
personal sfanzine that covers a lot of the real world, too. Terry 
rambles on about things that strike his fancy, and it's fun to read. 
He loves Hunter S. Thompson, is trying to get Mel Torme to appear 
at a future con, wonders at the brilliance of putting a chain smoker 
on a space ship (it really happened), talks about Orson Scott Card 
and generally kee ps his mind and his readers acti ve. (S-10/CG) 

YLEM Vol. 11 #2 ($30/yr from PO Box 749, Orinda, CA 94563): 
A magazine for artists interested in using technology, notably 
computers, in their work. There are fractals and biomorphs here, 
notes of shows and events, and creativity exploring new paths. 
David Durlach writes of "affectionate technology" in this issue. 
(S-lOt/MG) _ _ 

YOUTH CONNECTION Vol. 5 #1 ($5 student or $10 ,other/5 
issues from 3910 Nara Dr., Florissant, MO 63033): The newsletter 
of the Libertarian Student Network, promoters of individualism at 
the college level. This issue starts out with a review of a new LSN 
publication in Great Britain, and then reprints various polemics from 
Terry Inman. (S-6t/MG) 



□YOUTH GREEN'S FORUM #1-2 ($1 (?) from c/o Eugene, 67 

North Union, Burlington, VT 
05401): A new broadsheet 
from a group of young Green 
anarchists up north. A spirited 
bunch, they talk about organ¬ 
izing, Earth Day, and some 
suppression and censorship in 
the area. One high school 
student was denied the right 
to speak out against the war 
in his school (and ultimately 
pushed aside), another had his 
skateboard confiscated by a 
policeman on a city street. An 
ambitious and determined 
group. (L-2/CG) 

YOUTH LIB ZINE #5 ($2 
from Syndicat des Eleves, 2035 
Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, 


z vx 


A REVIEW OF INNOVATIVE FICTION 
IN THE SMALL PRESS. Send .29e 
in post&ge for a sample copy to: 
ZYX 

58-09 205th St. 

BAYSIDE, N.Y. 11364 


QUE, H2X 2T3, CANADA): A networking zine for those interested 
in youth liberation, mainly consisting of reprinted stories from all 
over. The editor seems to not be having any luck in his quest for 
youth to take this one over, and has announced this as the next 
to the last issue. ( 5-18r/MG) _ 

□YUPNE READER #0 ($2 from Joe Lane, PO Box 4083, Terre 
Haute, IN 47804): This UTNE READER parody is probably a 
one-shot, not least because of its actionable nature. It picks heavily 
on Generic Yupne for moneygrubbing and bandwagon hopping, and 
contains the annual Worst of the Underground Press awards as well 
as a letter frmo the publisher of FAXSHEET JIVE. Amusing though 
a bit slim. (D-16/MG)_ 

□ZEDNOSH #VI (Contact Joshua Norek, 84 Carstead Dr., 
Slingerlands, NY 12159): A high school underground that went 
"aboveground" this year, possibly making it one of the only H.S. 
undergounds to do so. It's mostly a satire of the music biz, with 
quotes and stories about what happened to the B-52s during the 
war, or to David Bowie during a safari, and the like. There is a 
cute story on how bad The New Kids... are, but I suspect that if 
word got around to most of the celebrities "quoted," they wouldn't 
take to it kindly. ( S-6/CG) _ 

□ZEKE & SURF #1 (50tf from G. Stomberg, 303 S. 5th St., 
Oregon, IL 61061): A small zine of varied opinions. There is a pieces 
on consciousness expansion and the teachings of Jesus, another 
suggesting that the LAPD may have had good reasons for beating 
up Rodney King, and a few music reviews. (M-8/ MG) 

ZOIKS! #9 ($1.50 from PO Box 33561, Raleigh, NC 27636): This 
litmag deserves some sort of prize for publishing Joe Corey Ill's 
"Hershey Habitrail", a story of gerbiling as told from the point of 
view of the gerbil—I just can't think for the life of me what might 
be appropriate. The rest of the stories and comics here, while also 
beyond the edge, are nowhere near as bizarre. A sick puppy indeed. 
(HL-36t/MG) 

THE ZONE #2 ($5/6 issues from 6085 Venice Blvd. #82, Los 
Angeles, CA 90034): The newsletter of the Los Angeles branch of 
the Cacophony Society, those crazy urban jesters and event hatchers. 
This issue tells how to crash the LA Times employee cafeteria and 
announces plans to disrupt a UFO conference and hold a "Suicide 
Note Writing Wor kshop". (S-2t/MG) _ 

ZOOMAR #2 ($2 from Barbara Jarvis, PO Box 6920, Alexandria, 
VA 22306): A movie zine that concentrates on a lot of fun stuff 
instead of just the latest buckets of blood (though there are some 
of those too). This issue has a page on the Gidget flicks, a look at 
the career of Chris Jones (including the classic Wild in the Streets) 
and an overview of the current burgeoning interest in Bettie Page. 
(S-16t/MG) 


ONE WORE TIME: 

TtllS IS YOUR 


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1/1 Vol. 6 #4 ($4 from Just Intonation Network, 535 Stevenson 
St., San Francisco, CA 94103): A newsletter for those interested in 
seriously exploring the idea of music based on perfect whole number 
ratios between notes. This issue is mainly consumed by a score 
from Erling Wold, together with explanation of what he was trying 

to do. (S-16t/MG) _ 

□50/50 FANZINE #1 ($1 from Scrods, N112 W20903 Mequon Rd., 
Germantown, WI 53022): A dually edited punk zine with interviews 
and political opinions. Interviews with 10-96, The Smart Boys, 
Dishpan Hands and Bug (a five year old media unknown), plus 
some fanzine and music reviews. There's also commentary on the 
recent "sin" taxes employed by the government and a scary look 
at the future when we'll all have to drink beer in our closets. 

(D-32r/CG) _ 

□7 AARDVARKS FOR ALICE (25* from Fido von Sydo, Anarchy 
University PO Box 3082, Portsmouth, NH 03801): The beginnings of 
an Alice Cooper fan club, this single sheeter is all about why and 
how Alice is so wonderful. (S-2/MG) 

□ABCESS #1 ($1.00 plus postage from Ben Davis, 104 Willowdell, 
Toccoa, GA 30577): A new punkzine with a political conscience. 
Right off the bat are reprints of excerpts from American Athiests, 
Inc. and its dealings with the religious George Bush—and a press 
release regarding Pressure Drop Press and its financial straits. Later 
on there are interviews with Sockeye, Unborn-SF, Celibate Com¬ 
mandos, and record and zine reviews. A fine start. (D-20r/CG) 
THE AFFILIATE Mar.-Apr. 1991 ($25/yr from Peter Riden, 777 
Barb Rd., RR #1, Vankleek Hill, Ont., K0B 1R0, CANADA): A 
combination of music and social activism in a colorful package. Peter 
is putting together grassroots people who are interested in everything 
from alternative rock to cleaning up the planet, hosting events at 
his Grand Barn, and publishing their words here. A real family feel 

is developing. (S-3 6t/MG) _ 

ALTERNATIVE PRESS #35 ($4 from 1451 W. 112th St., Cleveland, 
OH 44102): A slick pro-looking job that tackles new music, from 
the darlings down to some relative unknowns. Skinny Puppy, Dead 
Can Dance and Algebra Suicide encourage thinking them as oriented 
towards the big-breaking stories. But then how do you explain the 
presence of cool folks like More Fiends and Azalia Snail? Overall 
very good coverage, with cute little touches like asking the bands 
to come up with t op ten lists in this issue. (Q-76t /MG) 

THE ALTERNATIVE VOICE ($1 CASH/Stamps from PO Box 
25125, Tempe, AZ 85285-5125): A small collection of reviews and 
other goodies. There is musical opinion on the war, a tour schedule 
for Saliva Tree, a letter from tentatively, a convenience and free 
classifieds. A free baseball card is included with every issue. 
(D-8t/MG) _ 


□AMERICAN LUTHERIE #24 ($8 from 
Guild of American Luthiers, 8222 S. Park Ave., 
Tacoma, WA 98408): A "luthier" is someone 
who makes stringed instruments, and that is 
exactly what this one is about. There are 
how-to articles (on everything from making 
lutes to cutting down the right tree to start 
with), lots of discussion of workshop tips, and 
even blueprints. A lot of love obviously goes 
into this one. (S-64t/MG) 

AMOK #13 ($3 from Corey von Vielliez, 
Trisstrasse 19, 6700 Ludwigshagen, GER¬ 
MANY): Except for a few short bits, this 
hardcore zine is all in German. They feature 
a few cartoons and what looks like political 
stuff, but the base is still interviews and photos 
of sweaty young men in dark nightclubs. 
Slapshot, Accused, Nocturnus, Oi Polloi and 
Israelvis are among the attractions in this issue. 
(A4-68t/MG) 

..,AND I FEEL LIKE AN ALARM CLOCK 
#9 ($1 CASH/Stamps from Allen Salyer, PO 
Box 1551, Royal Oak, MI 48068): A fanzine 
for those who love Throwing Muses (and 
related bands such as the Pixies or the 
Breeders). This issue has a review of their 
current album, plus fascinating early history 
including two demo tapes that I didn't even 
know about before. (D-28r/MG) 

ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES #5 ($1.50 from PO Box 300031, 
Minneapolis, MN 55403): Most of this zine is taken up by two 
interviews, a music-related one with Babes in Toyland and a longer 
talk about vegetarianism with John Simcox. There are also reviews 

of cool records an d zines. (D-32r/MG) _ 

THE ATHENS RECORD Vol. 2 #1 ($2 from 330 Clover St., 
Athens, GA 30606): Though this one focuses primarily on R.E.M. 
(with plenty to say now that the new record is out), they also cover 
some other Southern new music. This time that includes the 
Chickasaw Mud Puppies as well as Michelle Malone and Drag the 

River. Hot stuff. ( S-16t/MG) _ 

□AUSTRALASIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY DIRECTORY Jan. 1991 
($25 from Immedia!, 3 Rose St., Chippendale NSW 2008, AUS¬ 
TRALIA): A fat perfectbound twice-yearly guide to the music industry 
in Australia and the nearby Asian countries (including Japan, 
Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and more). They list addresses and 
phone numbers, plus short info, for everything—artists, managers, 
freelance journalists, photographers, record stores, studios, books, 
videos and plenty more. A wealth of information on the music scene 
in the South Pacific. (S-184t/MG) 

AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE SICK Vol. II #3 (50* from Scott Russell, 
PO Box 111, Wilmore, KY 40290-0111): A zine of Christian music 
and commentary. This one opens by talking about the war, but 
from a perspective I didn't see anywhere else—St. Augustine's 
writings on the "just war". There are also, of course, plenty of 
music reviews and an interview with Ramald Domkus. (S-8r/MG) 
BACTERIA OF DECAY #7 ($1.25 from Curt, 63 Lennox Ave., 
Buffalo, NY 14226): A hardcore zine that seems to be still increasing 


its scope and concerns. ■- -- 

There are editorials and qq * 

opinion columns on things | 55 
like overpopulation, the / or ^ 
war, and the problems with I issues 
jobs. For music, try inter- [□$1.50 
views with Agnostic Front .f ora 
and Against All, plus plenty l ga le 
of live and recorded music | __ , 
reviews. They say they're ‘-'Make 
looking for a good distribu- I checks 
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which interviews such marginal groups as Chicken Catchatory (in 
which the publisher just happens to play). Collages, silliness, a 
memorial page to Leo Fender. (D-12/MG) 

BANZAI #55 ($1 (?) from PO Box 7522, Overland Park, KS 66207): 
Back after a short break with a new standard-sized look, this zine 
of hard rock and heavy metal in the heartland continues to add 
polish. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Death Angel are among the 
bands here, along with local news and classifieds. (S-32t/MG) 
BEATLEFAN Vol. 12 #6/Vol. 13 #1 ($4.50 from The Goody Press, 
PO Box 33515, Decatur, GA 30033): A double issue of this fanzine 
devoted entirely to the Beatles, with coverage of both their past 
careers and current activities. This is a double issue, with coverage 
of the tail end of the McCartney tour plus some critical evaluations 
of John Lennon's work in music and film. Also includes plenty of 
reviews, and their reviewers don't hesitate to dismiss bad bootlegs. 

(S-56t/MG) _ 

BLAHBLAHBLAH Vol. 3 #4-5 ($1 (?) from KRUX 91.5 FM, Box 
30001, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001): Fun combination playlist 
and music zine the New Mexico State University. #4 has Soul 
Asylum, #5 Naked Raygun, and both contain entertaining editorials 
on the state of our culture. #4 also has a French-language literary 

insert for some re ason. (T-4t/MG) _ 

BLITZ #326-333 (90$00 each plus IRCs? from Blitz, Rua Sacadura 
Cabral, 26, Dafundo, 1495 Lisbon, PORTUGAL): Another pile of 
issues from this weekly music tabloid out of Portugal and in 
Portuguese. Each issue is full of information on the Anglo-American 
pop rock world, as well as ample forays into Iberian, underground, 
and other music that is not globally mainstream. These issues cover 
David Lee Roth, rap, the trouble with Sinead, Mao Morta, and all 
kinds of other performers. In the middle of March, BLITZ reports 
tha BAN'S "Rosa Flor" was the number one song in Portugal, George 
Michael's "Freedom" having fallen to the second spot. (T-28/Reviewed 
by Geof Huth) 

BLONDIE FANZINE Vol. 3 #7 ($1 from Robert S. Robbins, 1997 
Misner Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701): A zine for the really dedicated 


Debbie Harry fan. How dedicated? Well, the main feature in #7 is 
an interview with her father, and the interviewer hangs on his every 
word. They also publish computer-scanned graphics of Debbie. 

(S-6/MG) _ 

□BLUES ACCESS #5 ($10/4 issues from 1514 North St., Boulder, 
CO 80304): Yup, a music zine devoted entirely to the blues. This 
issue has a piece looking back at Robert Johnson, as well as more 
contemporary artists like Quint Davis, Marva Wright and Wild Child. 
They even tackle the age-old question of whether white boys can 
play the blues, and review a batch of records and b ooks. (S-28t/MG) 
BORDER CROSSINGS #25 (2.00 from Mary Ann O'Brien, PO 
Box 5173, North Bergen, NJ 07047): Irish rock and Celtic life are 
explored in this zine that's getting more diverse with each issue. 
There are also more contributors these days, with articles on U2, 
Cocteau Twins, pe npals, folklore, and political pris oners. (S-19r/CG) 
BOSTON ROCK #111 ($15/10 issues from T. Lozaw, PO Box 
371, New Town Branch, Boston, MA 02258): Music and other stuff 
from one of the hip cities. This issue has a focus on the spoken 
(and written) word, with Lydia Lunch, Jello Biafra, and the Primal 
Plunge bookstore. They also talk to and about Indigo Girl, Concrete 
Blonde, Gear Daddies, Anatasia Screamed, and other cutting edge 

bands. (T-20t/MG) _ 

□BRAINLESS CHILD #5 (Contact Kelvin Shearman, 43 
Featherston St., Levin, NEW ZEALAND): Crowded hardcore music 
zine that pays more attention to local NZ music that's ignored by 
the big guns. Interviews with Das Unter Mensch, Anigma, Freak 
Power and more. Reviews of indy music and demos plus news of 
what's going on i n and around Melbourne. (A4-20 r/CG) 

BRITISH PUNK COLLECTOR #7 ($3 from David Thompson, 
6420 Galley Ct., Colorado Springs, CO 80915): A zine that looks 
back at the early (late 70's) days of punk, with feature articles, 
discographies, and reproduced bits of rarities. Bands featured in this 
issue include Pink Fairies, Subway Sect, Adam Ant and Chelsea. 
(S-20t/MG) _ 


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BULLPRESS #6-8 ($1 from 249-2 Edwards St., Binghamton, NY 
13901-1119): A very punk looking zine that's as likely to throw in 
a list of companies to boycott or a picture of Maggie Thatcher with 
a swastika on her forehead as anything else. #6 has the Voodoo 
Love Gods, #7 Akademy Shred. Plenty of short opinions, reviews, 
photos too. #8 is an all review issue, with zines, records and movies 

all tumbling over one another. (P-44/MG) _ 

BUZZ #64-65 ($1 from PO Box 3111, Albany, NY 12203): Yes, 
Virginia, there is new music in Upstate New York. A big chunk of 
#64 has the annual program guide from SUNY's WCDB. Other 
features include Fugazi and the Toasters, plus reviews of records 
local and national. #65 is the official guide for the Albany New 
Music Expo, a fle dgling annual event. (S-36t/MG) 

CATHARSIS ($2 from POBox 3181, Suffolk, VA 23434): Always 
stimulating music news and views and a good departure from the 
mainstream. They talk about the local scene as well as the national 
one, sporting interviews when they can (this month it's Trent Resnor 
from Nine Inch Nails) and occasionally dipping into non-music 
waters, such as Brian Greene's look at the life of the late writer 

Carson McCullers. Juicy. (T-15t/CG) _ 

CD REVIEW DIGEST Vol.4 #3 ($79/yr from The Peri Press, 
POBox 348, Voorheesville, NY 12186-0348): An immense compilation 
and guide to all music recorded on compact discs. This is the "Jazz, 
Popular, Etc." edition (they also have a classical 
edition), with hundreds and hundreds of CD 
listings and accompanying information like 
reviews, availability, and artist inclusion. Of 
inestimable value to any CD collector or any 
music listener at all, it's hog heaven for any 
reference nut like myself. (S-204t/CG) 

CERTO #4 ($1 from 60 Castleknock Rd., 

Toronto, ONT, M5N 2J7, CANADA): This one 
is primarily a contact list, though there are a 
few reviews as well. They list Canadian 
alternative rock and counter-cultural projects, 
and give contact info and a brief idea of what 
they're into. (S-8r/MG) 

CLOT Vol. 2 #10 ($2 from PO Box 818343, 

Denver, CO 80248): Heavy music coverage from 
the Denver area, full of loud stuff that almost 
comes through the paper—as in the interview 
with Slayer, not a band of a lot of aesthetic 
depth on paper. There's good coverage in this 
issue of a renewed draft and more stupidity 
on the drug war front, plus Nine Inch Nails, 

Napalm Death, and outrageous letters. (T- 
28t/MG) 

CLOWNY TRIX #1 ($1 from PO Box 903, 

Madison, WI 53701-0903): The most depressing part of this zine is 
the story of Heartcore Productions, an indie promo outfit that got 
wiped out and roughed up when DOA decided to be assholes about 
a poor-drawing show. More fun is the consumer guide to OTC 
highs, and the reviews. Also some wild collage political stuff here. 

(HL-36r/MG) _ 

COMETBUS #25 ($1 from Lookout, PO Box 11374, Berkeley, CA 
94701): A wild punk romp, with lots of things here besides music. 
Weird interviews, a Green Day tour diary, ways to annoy businesses 
who have wronged you and more. Aaron has been in the small 
publishing biz for a long time now, and has developed a real 
following and a great editorial manner. Always a few surprises here. 

(D-36/MG) _ 

□CRANK #1 ($1 from 108 Lexington Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23188): 
New music zine with interviews with Super Chunk, Helmet, Solomon 
Grundy/Purple Outside and more. Also lots of reviews that are 
well-written and show a deep appreciation for music in general (the 
Anti-Group, Beat Happening, Girl Trouble) (S-23/C G) 

CURIOUS GOODS #4 ($2.25 from Jerry Rutherford, 3754 Almond 
Dr., Oxnard, CA 93030): A vast collection of interviews from the 
heavy metal and hard rock end of the music scene, put together 
out near where I grew up. The lineup this issue includes Prong, 
Oliver Magnum, Two-Bit Thief, Scatterbrain, Hexx and many more. 
They also review about a ton of records, and lots of live shows. 
(S-58r/MG) _ 


THE CUTTING EDGE #84-85 ($1.00 from Dan Kennedy, 8303 
Hilton Way, Orlando, FL 32810): A Christian music-based zine of 
reviews and current concerts with what looks like a pretty good 
following, stemming probably from the consistency and loyalty to 
their subject. Their "Annals of the Underground" column always 
has news of music and future dates; #84 has an interview with 
Michael Sweet of Stryper; #85 has some reflections on life from 

Charlie Peacock. ( S-12t/CG) _ 

DECONTROL #10 (Free from PO Box 404, Duluth, GA 
30136-0404): Crash Rats is still at it, writing about the local music 
scene and whatever else. This issue has a non-interview with The 
Commonwealth, the obligatory zine and music reviews, and a story 
of trying to comm unicate with a normal person. ( D-12/MG) 

DIFFERENT DRUMMER #8 ($1.75 from Erin Hooper, 3331 Quartz 
Lane D4, Fullerton, CA 92631): A Christian music zine that covers 
a lot of ground. Loads of music reviews and looks at particular 
bands, but there's also some fiction, zine reviews, poetry, essays 
and an article about the meaning of money in relation to a certain 
cathedral. Seems to be getting more of an audience lately. 

(HL-25r/CG) _ 

DIRTY LINEN #33 ($5 from PO Box 66600, Baltimore, MD 
21239-6600): The well-polished zine of folk rock, electric folk, world 
music and similar genres. This issue, coming out for April, has some 
sly humor (including 33 1/3 reasons why LPs 
are better than CDs) in addition to the usual 
news and features. Kate & Anna McGarrigle, 
3 Mustaphas 3 and John Hammond all come 
in for major press in this one. (S-78t/MG) 
DISCORDER Mar. 1991 ($15/12 issues from 
#233-6138 SUB Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 2A5, 
CANADA): Vancouver is fortunate in having 
cool radio station CITR in town, to play the 
latest and greatest and print this cool tabloid 
of music and other culture. This issue has an 
interview-by-FAX with Henry Rollins, the 
Screaming Trees, Meat Beat Manifesto, and ... 
Alex Trebek? Plus of course all the latest 
goings-on in the local music scene. (T-32t/MG) 
DRASTIC SOLUTIONS #4 ($2.25 from 2 
Embro Dr., Downsview, ONT, M3H 2M8, 
CANADA): A punk zine with a heavy-duty 
political emphasis, which they see as a natural 
extension of the music. Besides talks with Oi 
Polloi, Bliss and Fuel, this issue has articles 
on Palestinian rights, the native struggles in 
Canada, and overseas dumping of toxic waste. 
(S-40t/MG) 

EAR OF CORN #16-17 (2 stamps from 
Dave, PO Box 2143, Stow, OH 44224): A simple music zine that's 
been going for quite a while now, pulling together punks and other 
rockers and concentrating on the home taping end of things. #16 
features Hallucination Repairmen and Bent, while #17 has a 40 Dog 
interview. They also print weird comics, a Polish scene report, and 

anti-draft material. (D-20r/MG) _ 

EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER FANZINE FOR THE COM¬ 
MON MAN #6 ($3.00 single issue from David Terralavoro, 43 Spring 
St., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590): This issue concentrates primarily 
on Greg Lake, but there are notes and news and discographies 
included on the rest. The Nice makes an appearance, as well as 
some CD listings of Asia, Atomic Rooster, and King Crimson (among 
many others). This one seems to be picking up some speed these 
days, with their in clusion inTHE SAN DIEGO RE APER. (S-12/CG) 
FEEDBACK #4 ($1.50 from Gabriel Gutierrez, 1982 Scenic Cit., 
Hollister, CA 95023): A punk zine that includes an 8-song flexi (a 
sampler of Vital Music bands). They've also got interviews with 
Dissent and Breakdown, a batch of columns, and a story that reflects 
poorly on Bad Religion. Toss in comics, poetry, reviews and a feature 
on how to make your own zine and you'll have most of the picture. 

(S-32r/MG) __ 

FILE 13 #9 ($2 from Mark Lo, POBox 175, Concord, MA 01742): 
Scores of indy music reviews from industrial rock to rap—topped 
with a "keen double interview" of Pain Teens and Zeni Geva, meaty 
editorials, "crummy summer" story, and over all an attitude that 
stays level-headed and intelligent amongst many o thers. (S-43r/CG) 
























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FLAGPOLE Vol. 5 #9-11 ($14/6 months from PO Box 1027, Athens, 
GA 30603): Music and entertainment news (plus a smattering of 
other material) from one of the South's hotbeds. They report on 
touring bands as well as local talent, review movies, and generally 
seem to have fun. #11 includes a talk with Michael Stipe about his 
work in producing other people's music. (S-32t/MG ) 

□FLIMSY LIMO ZINE (25* from Sondra London, 8825 Roswell 
Rd. #474, Atlanta, GA 30350): "The Truth in Jazz for Twenty Five 
Cents", this one is entirely song lyrics. They tend to be 
semi-distressed, looks at life that isn't quite making it. Great title. 
(S-4t/MG) 

FLIPSIDE #71 ($2 from PO Box 363, Whittier, CA 90608): This 
one is still going strong, mixing punk with whatever other new and 
interesting music catches their ears. A sample: Helmet, Born Against, 
Killing Joke, Skinny Puppy and Accused, all in this issue. There's 
also an interview with Mike Hoy from Loompanics, music reviews, 

and a wild letters section. (S-88t/MG) _ 

FONORAMA #6 (3 IRCs sample copy from POBox 114, 31-829, 
Krakow 31, POLAND): A catalog of record collections, discographies, 
licensed releases and birthdays of recording artists. It's entirely in 
Polish except for the band or artist names. Filled with old and new 

titles. (D-48/CG) _ 

FOSTER CHILD #7 ($2 CASH from 7635 Marcy Ct., Glen Bumie, 
MD 21060): This music zine is expanding again, adding more features 
to the growing list of reviews. This issue has interviews with Date 
Bait and Barbed Wire Dolls, as well as plenty of zine reviews. 
Mention FF and you'll get a trinket with your copy, while supplies 

last—I got a plasti c skeleton. (S-20r/MG) _ 

FREE THOUGHT #4 ($1.25 from Eric Smith, 5219 Wyoming Rd., 
Bethesda, MD 20816): A music zine with a clean layout and well-done 
two-color printing. Besides, I have to like anything where I get 
interviewed, right? Also on the menu are Dave and the Rave, ^Man 
Lifting Banner, and Commonwealth, plus a long talk with Anfi 

Forfreedom about witchcraft. (S-48t/MG) _ 

GODSEND #16 ($1.50 from Todd Zachritz, 1401 Fuquay Rd., 
Evansville, IN 47715): A music zine that goes in for the harsher, 
more aggressive sounds. This issue has interviews with Illusion of 
Safety, A1 Margolis, and Alien Sex Fiend. There are also plenty of 
reviews, plus gross out short stories from Gregory Ny man. (S-20r/MG) 
GOTHIC #3 ($1.50 CASH from 13 Chippewa Tr., Browns Mills 
NJ 08015-6466): A music zine that manages a batch of interviews of 
bands not seen everywhere: Antischism, Media Children, Reaction 
and Road Whore make it into this issue. There's also a page of 800 
numbers of companies doing animal research and plenty of short 
reviews. (S-36r/MG)_ 

GRINCH ZINE #2 ($1 Stamps from 2 Knox Terr., Totowa, NJ 
07512): This music zine bops back and forth from reviews to 
interviews to opinion pieces on everything from college sports to 
racism on television. They talk to Bad Religion and Lemot^heads 
and Cringer, provide a flag to burn and matches to burn it with, 
and try to ask something other than the same old questions. 
(D-72/MG)_ 

□GRROEI #1 (f2.50 from Madoekastraat 12 B, g715, Groningen, 
HOLLAND): A new music zine with a most imaginative cover design. 
The zine itself is cased in a paper jock strap which slides off for 
decoration, I guess. The insides are entirely in Dutch, but I know 
it contains interviews with Afghan Whigs, Disgrace, Mother, Victims 
Family and others. There's also a little pocket-sized zine included, 
with reviews in b oth English and Dutch. Original. (HL-32r/CG) 
THE HAPPY THRASHER #13 ($1.50 CASH from Tin-Ear, PO 
Box 2246, Anaheim, CA 92814): A music zine which also spends a 
lot of time on revolutionary politics, with snippets about bomb-mak¬ 
ing and clippings from mainstream papers with unsubtle commentary 
added. On the aural side, there are a batch of reviews, and some 
interchange in the letters column. Strong plugs for veganism here 
as well. (S-24r/MG) 

HARD COPY #2 ($1 from 1337 Chew St., 1st FL, Allentown, 
PA 18102): The main feature of this music zine is the second part 
of the transcription of a debate between Henry Rollins and Jack 
Thompson—the latter being the attorney who went after 2 Live 
Crew down in Florida. There are also a batch of short reviews and 
some stark poetry from Trent Reinsmith. (S-13r/MG) 


HARTBEAT! #9-11 ($4.00 surface mail/$6.00 air mail from 

Moselstr.2, 2948 Schortens 1, GERMANY): An English-written, 
intercontinentally co-edited music zine of the most eclectic tastes. 
Truly, these guys go for anyone from Elvis Costello to D.O.A. to 
Manfred Mann and back again. But you won't find most of them 
in here. Mostly indie bands: The Other Side, Clints, TreaTment, The 
Great Big Kisses, and lots and lots of reviews which number so 
high that the print gets tinier and tinier. Also, with each issue comes 
a free flexidisc with, for example. Jasmine Love Bomb, Dead Moon 
and La Secta, and Great Big Kisses. (A4-62r/CG) 

HEROINA #1 (Trades from Drazen Krsnik, Heinselova 20, 41000 
Zagreb, YUGOSLAVIA): A fat and colorful music zine, with oversize 
pages and plenty of photos. They do cover some Western acts, but 
from cover boy Gobac on they are focused mainly on native 
Yugoslavian music. A very trendy feel here, of people discovering 
fashion for the first time. Krsnik is also interested in swapping zines, 

tapes, records or whatever. (Q-44t/MG) _ 

HOT SPIT #2 ($2 from Bill Smith, PO Box 2106, Rancho Cordova, 
CA 95741): Well, it;s been a year since the first issue, but this is 
one snazzy little music zine. Inside you get John Lurie, Tad, Volcano 
Suns, a report on the new music from Japan, and Mecca Normal. 
There's also the requisite reviews of cool music, with the college 
rock axis best represented. (S-40t/MG) 

□HOUSE BANDS Vol. 1 #5 ($3 from Cyndee Thompson, 4228 
Chesford Rd., Columbus, OH 43224): A zine for bands from all over 
the US, mainly unsigned, but the sort with strong local followings. 
They tend towards metal and hard rock, and print photos along 
with short interviews and demo reviews. Looks like a good way to 
keep an eye out for the next big thing. (S-15/MG) 

HYPE #4 ($1 from 137 E. Houston #4, New York, NY 10002): 
Music and fashion from the outlaw trend frontiers in Nevtf York 
City. This issue has Skinny Puppy, Dead Can Dance, and Julee 
Cruise as musical mainstays. There are comics from Siobhan and 
L.V. Abbema, bizarre films, and photos from an anti-art opening as 
well. (S-40t/MG) _ 

INCITE! #19 ($1 from Tim Alborn, PO Box 649, Cambridge, 
MA 02238): After some intro about life, the universe, and his 
academic career, Tim turns this into wall-to-wall record reviews. He 
likes a lot of nice alternative stuff, and concentrates on giving good 
reviews to worthwhile material. Beat Happening, The Dentists, 
Brenda Kahn, Agitpop and Crayon are among the goodies here. 
(D-16t/MG) _ 

INCREDIBLE SHRINKING FANZINE #3 ($2 from The Shrinking 
Launderette, 28 Howe Park, Edinburgh, EH10 7HF, SCOTLAND): 
A music zine with a batch of interviews and a selection of fanzine 
and record reviews. For the talk size, the strangest is certainly 
Bearded Weirdo. They also offer words of wisdom from the Didjits, 
Goober Patrol, the Dirty Reds and Rectify. (A4-24r/MG) 

THE INSIDER #19 ($5/6 issues from TOG/Teo Graca, PO Box 
4542, Arlington, VA 22204): A music zine devoted to local music—but 
they'd be happy the hear what is going on in your locality as well 
as their own. This issue has an interview with a morning radio 
personality, plus a batch of music reviews. (D-12t/MG) 

INTENSITY #3 ($3.00 ppd from John Book, 2502 W. Opal St., 
Pasco, WA 99301-3352): Getting fatter all the time, John's reviews 
and interviews maintain a responsive view of assorted musical 
genres. This issue there are interviews with Comb, Tad, Game For 
Vultures, Cannibal Corpse and more. Also lots of indy reviews from 
hardcore to rap, from demos to labels. (S-36r/CG) 

KDVS PROGRAM GUIDE Winter 1991 ($1 (?) from 14 Lower 
Freeborn Hall, Davis, CA 95616): The program guide from the 
UC-Davis student radio station, this one has more than the usual 
listing of shows. They are also active in fighting censorship in all 
media, providing a guide for newcomers to town, and promoting 
the publication of more zines for a richer environment. (T-16t/MG) 
□KLAUSNER #2 ($1.50 from Kai Damkowski, Biernatzkistrassa 
16, 2000 Hamburg 50, WEST GERMANY): A German-language 
(except for a weird surreal comic) music zine. They've got Happy 
Flowers, concert coverage, cassette reviews, and various essays. 

(A4-32r/MG) _ 

KOAN #2 ($1 (?) from PO Box 18278, Washington, DC 
20036-8278): Music, along with a few other things; this issue has an 
article on virtual reality and a story that transports Karen Finley to 































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Gandhi's India. They interview Borox Orgy and review some local 

death metal shows . (S-16t/MG) _ 

LAST DAZE #4 ($2 (?) from Gina Lawson, 126 Benziger Ave., 
Staten Island, NY 10301): A fat zine of music mainly from the NY 
area, and in the punk to hardcore to metal arena. Strong Impact, 
Biohazard, Patterns and Dmize areamong the bands covered. Gina 
finds space for a live show or two, rants about the high price of 
CDs and reviews a batch of zines too. (S-50/MG) 

LEVIATHAN #1 ($2 from Isa & Sean, PO Box 365, Canal St. 
Sta., New York, NY 10013-0365): A highly politically-charged zine 
of hardcore, metal and other loud music. In addition to interviews 
with folks like Bom Against, Mindrot, and Neurosis, they've got 
pieces on the dangers of smoking, anti-war graphics, and a couple 
pages of anarcha-feminism. The interview content is also more 

political than usual . (S-54t/MG) _ 

□LINTFIT #1 ($4 from Deb Disaster, PO Box 460346, San 
Francisco, CA 94146): A new punk zine devoted to the only form 
of vinyl that still seems to be increasing in popularity, the 7" record. 
They're so devoted that this comes with a compilation EP, including 
Christ on a Crutch, Cringer, Libido Boyz and Lupo. Inside each 
band gets a couple of pages, and Deb reviews yet more records. 

(S-16t & EP/MG) _ 

THE LOUIE REPORT #4 ($5/yr from PO Box 2430, Santa Clara, 
CA 95055-2430): A zine that focuses entirely on one rock and roll 
song: the immortal "Louie Louie". They report Louie news from all 
over the country, and are hard at work on a documentary about 
the song and its e nduring meaning. Amazing. (S-8 t/MG) 

MARCHING FOR TRASH #2 ($1.35 from Rich, 20-21 Utopia 
Parkway, Whitestone, NY 11357): This is a music zine with more, 
notably the punk culture and the life Rich leads. The editorials and 
ensuing articles deal a lot with anger, confusion and music. Honestly, 
it's tough going in here, mostly due to a lot of its handwritten 

nature. Worth a lo ok. (D-31r/CG) _ 

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL Mar.-Apr. 1991 ($2.50 from PO Box 
288, Berkeley, CA 94701): Still a punk music zine even if there seem 
to be more pages about the war in this issue than anything else. 
There are interviews with folks like Flag of Democracy and Mindrot, 
tons of letters, columns, record reviews (no more tapes), world 
news, scene reports, book reviews and more. The closest thing the 
punks have to a newspaper of record. (S-128t/MG) 

MEAN STREETS Vol. II #7-8 ($15/12 issues from PO Box 55039, 
Riverside, CA 92517): A hrd rock tabloid for the area east of Los 
Angeles, fondly known as the Inland Empire. They've got Anthrax 
and Daniel Ash here, along with Tad, GBH, Killing Joke and plenty 
more. Classifieds, a page of literary output and music industry 
opinion columns are all part of the mix. (T-32t/MG) 

MERLIN'S MUSIC BOX #6 ($5 (?) from Yiannis Kastanaras, 
Argiroupoleos 27, Athens 114 71, GREECE): A Greek-language music 
zine with a good batch of color pages in the center, dressed up 
with people like Lunachix. Other bands here include Danzig, 
Charlatans, and Henry Rollins. They review zines and music too. 

(A4-80t/MG) _ 

METAL CURSE #4 ($2 from PO Box 302, Elkhart, IN 46515-0302): 
A zine which finds the terms "profane" and "obscene" to be 
compliments, this one of course is firmly into metal of all types. 
They do an especially good job of reviewing a variety of demos 
from new bands, worth cruising to guess who might make it big. 
Interviews with Sadus, Obituary and Sepultura grace the pages of 

this issue. (S-30/MG)_ 

THE METRO #80 ($1 (?) from Metropolis Communications, PO 
Box 24486, Nashville, TN, 37202): Music coverage in a Nashville 
freebie, with gossip about hot new bands from all over the country. 
This issue includes King's X and The Sisters of Mercy, as well as 
Keith Gordon's column on the Craig Neidorf computer hacking bust. 

(T-24t/MG) _ 

MILK #2 ($2 & 2 stamps from Michael Martinez, 1405 NE Portland 
Blvd, Portland, OR 97211): A music zine with lots of collages and 
otherwise strange artwork, plus things like the surreal story "An 
Owl in the Holy Land Eats a Snake". L7, STP, Big Damn Crazy 
Weight and Elepha nt are here, along with a pile of re views. (S-32/MG) 
MOUTH Feb. 1991 (75* postage from PO Box 2069, Decatur, GA 
30030): Downsized for the recession, but still with the careful and 
distinctive page layout that makes it stand out, MOUTH is a music 


zine for the south. L7 and Lunachicks get the most ink in this issue, 
along with Atlanta bizarros King-Kill/33. They also do shows, tapes, 
records and more, with some dismissive commentary in this issue 

about Milli Vanilli. (S-16t/MG) _ 

MUSIC FROM THE LEDGE Vol. 1 #4-5 ($3.50 from The Tinks 
Ink, PO Box 9284, Wilmington, DE 19809-9998): This one is oriented 
mainly towards metal and the local scene, but it branches out well 
beyond that. One nice thing they do is spotlight a bunch of local 
unsigned talent, regardless of genre. They also do stuff on national 
acts (Violence in #4, Reverend in #5) and publish music-related 

artwork. (S-32t/MG)_ 

MUSIC SCENE Mar. 1991 ($1 (?) from PO Box 4661, Annapolis, 
MD 21403): Two years old and still going strong, this one reports 
on music from the Maryland shore and thereabouts. Mary 
Blankemeier is the lead artist in this issue, a local musician who 
has become reasonable successful and done a lot for the homeless. 
They also feature lots of club and calendar listings . (S-32t/MG) 
NADINE Vol. 7 #3-5 ($5/yr from 
2365 Yale Sta^, New Haven, CT 06520): 

Music and other culture from around 
the Yale campus. They do a great job 
of going beyond reviews; #3, for 
example, has a "seminar" multi-author 
section on whether rock critics are 
worthless or what. #4 is a "War is 
Stupid" issue, while #5 brings in an 
industrial section and (believe it or not) 
an interview with the Village People. 

Lots of fun. (T-12t/MG) 

NEW FUNK TIMES #6 ($3.70 from 
Funkateers International, Ehrenstrasse 
19, W-5000 Koeln 1, GERMANY): A 
fanzine devoted to George Clinton, 

Parliament Funkadelic, and the various 
related groups and musicians. This 
issue has a great story about Clinton's 
early days of working in a barbershop, 
complete with photos of him giving 
someone a "do". There's an interview 
with Bootsy Collins and one with Bernie 
Worrell too. (A4-16t/MG) 

THE NEW MUSIC SCENE Apr. 

1991 (50* from Gloria Sheehan, PO Box 
10775, Stamford, CT 06904): News and 
views on the state of music. Indeed, 
this issue has a State of New Music 
address as well as a chunk of video 
reviews, and of course band features. 

For the latter, try the Posies and Vala 
Cupp. (S-14t/MG) 

THE NEWSLETTER Vol. 4 #6-7 
($10/12 issues from PO Box 93237, 

Milwaukee, WI 53203): Music coverage from Milwaukee, both the 
locals and others passing through. They tend to find innovative acts 
rather than critical darlings, with #6 featuring the Nerve Twins and 
The Lost Toothbrushes. They also do a feature on the 10th 
anniversary of a local alternative radio station. F.S. Camels are the 

big story in #7. (S -12t/MG) _ 

NO EXTERNAL COMPULSION #4 (SASE or trade from Criterion 
T., 102 E. Gorham, Madison, WI 53703): This one still features an 
overall punk attitude, although much of it is about subjects other 
than music. The best bet in this issue is the interview with Lainie 
about her work with Oyster Publications. Criterion also prints lots 
of zine reviews, m usic and some anti-war editorial izing. (S-12r/MG) 
THE NOISE #104 ($10/yr from 74 Jamaica St , J.P., Boston, MA 
02130): Rock music zine for the Boston area with special inclusions 
now and again. There's more tips on how to run a fanzine during 
the recession, "In Search of Scene" column, articles on the 360's 
and Atom Said, and a truly novel lead-off column by the Flange 
Sisters that's a combination gossip/scene/music news/tidbit section. 

(S-20/CG) _ 

NO SCENE ANYWHERE #3 (SASE from Bill Burg, 7453 Evening 
Way, Citrus Hts, CA 95621): Well, there is music coverage here, in 
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(that's where he just moved from). There are also notes on where 
to get good coffee and places to smoke to annoy the maximum 
number of non-smokers. Lots of zine reviews in this issue. In fact, 
there's more musi c feel than actual music articles. (D-12t/MG) 

THE NOTE ($14.95/12 issues from 735.5 New Hampshire, 
Lawrence, KS 66044): Music, arts and entertainment for the 
Lawrence/KC area. This issue concentrates on the "feel" of the sixties 
ands looks back at what was happening at the birth of the 
midwestem rock and roll scene. Also good coverage of jazz and 
new music, and c oncert/show listings. (T-23t/CG) 

NOTE 4 NOTE #8 ($6/4 issues from Steve Roeser, 2646 1/2 Griffith 
Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039): A zine of alternative and 
mainstream rock, from Dylan to the iconoclastic Zoogz Rift (who 
takes up much of this issue, having recently renounced all of his 
past records. Steve reports on records, concerts, and whatever else 
catches his ear. (S-8/MG) 

OPTION #37 ($4 from 2345 Westwood Blvd. #2, Los Angeles, 
CA 90064): An indie music zine that goes from Brian Eno on the 
cover and Marianne Faithfull inside to the likes of the Hafler Trio 
and polka madman Guy Klucevsek. They are thoroughly eclectic, 
looking for good music in all settings, and review a selection of 
new releases (mostly on vinyl and CD) in the back. Good coverage 
of selected industry trends too, all in a glossy format with some 
color. (S-130t/MG)_ 

THE OUTER SHELL Vol.63 (On Request from 9807 61st Lane 
N., Pinellas Park, FL 34666*3131): A music broadsheet that covers 
only select subjects, but very well. They interview Agony Column 
on one side and on the other delve into the history of censorship 
in music (pre-2 Live Crew) which such example as Jerry Lee Lewis, 
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Hank Ballard. Good coverage and 
material. (S-2r/CG) 

OX #8 (5 DM. from Joachim Hiller, Joseph-Boismard-Weg 5, 4300 
Essen 14, GERMANY): A German-language hardcore zine which' 
includes in this issue a hard-vinyl 7" from Neanderthal. They 
interview Bullet Lavolta, Citizens Arrest, Saint Vitus, and Necracedia, 
as well as the good folks out at Vinyl Communications and 
HIPPYCORE zine. (A4-56r/MG) _ 

PARTY FEARS #13 ($11/ air or $7 surface for 6 issues from 
David Gerard, 17 Simper St., Wembley 6014, Western Australia, 
AUSTRALIA): A music zine which covers the Australian scene in 
excruciating fine print; tons of material here from both Perth and 
Brisbane. There is an incredible family tree of early 80's Perth bands, 
an interview with Healers, a talk with Greasy Pop records and of 
course reviews an d letters. (A4-16t/MG) _ 

POINT BLANK #3 (50* from PO Box 114, Mt. Orab, OH 45154): 
A combined music and anarchist zine. They've got an interview 


with Asbestos Death and reviews. They've also got a look at prejudice 
and fascism (including an article about the beliefs of the Five Percent 
Nation of Islam), direct action, vegetarian recipes, and more. 
(HL-20r/MG) _ 

POISON PLANET #3 ($3 from Ty, 711 1/2 E. Grove, Bloomington, 
IN 61701): A fat zine of punk and similar music. Ty listens to a 
hell of a lot and apparently reviews it all (over 230 reviews in this 
issue), along with shows, zines, and other stuff. There are interviews 
with Mindrot, Resist, Paradise Lost, Agathocles and about a dozen 
other bands too. (S-70r/MG)_ 

POSITIVELY ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING Vol. 15 #3 
($18/yr from Crooked Arrow Publishing Co., PO Box 16009, Portland, 
OR 97216): Dining, dancing and listening in the Portland, Oregon 
area. They cover all the local clubs, with the emphasis on light 
music, jazz, folk and so on, not rock or punk. Plenty of schedules 
and short reviews. (T-16t/MG) 

PUDDLEZINE #5 ($1 from PO Box 11374, Berkeley, CA 94701): 
I guess you could call this a music zine, since the scene seems to 
be close to its heart. But most of the contents are about life on the 
edges, where to go, how to live in a forest, that sort of thing. There 
are comics, complaints about tightassed parents, skateboarding and 
more. (S-32/MG) _ 

PUNCTURE #21 ($10/4 issues from 1592 Union St. #431, San 
Francisco, CA 94123): A fat and classy music zine that manages to 
put together stories on a lot of renowned indie bands. This issue 
has Kitchens of Distinction, Popinjays, Einsturzende Neubaten, Meat 
Puppets, Boiled in lead and plenty more. Book, record and show 
reviews and an X- Tal tour diary also show up he re. (S-66t/MG) 

PUNK AND DESTROY #8 ($1.25 from Dave Alvord, 1410 NW 
Lancashire Ct., Beaverton, OR 97006): Well, Dave proves that almost 
anyone can have a zine, even without much to say. He gives his 
opinions on a few bits of recorded music, reports on the local scene, 
chats about life—a nd instant zine results. (S-7/MG) 

PUNK PALS #15-16 (2 stamps from PO Box 13391, Berkeley, CA 
94701): A punk-oriented pen pals zine. People who send for it are 
welcome to put in their own ads, listing favorite bands, age, contact 
address or whatever. Quite a few people are using this service, and 
they also maintain a list of other zines offering free penpal listings. 
(D-20r/MG) 

RADICALLY SAVED MAGAZINE Vol. 2 #8 ($2 from Tyler 
Bacon, PO Box 9590, Murfreesboro, TN 37132): A Christian Metal 
zine, featuring plenty of interviews as well as news of new releases, 
videos, and so on. This issue has Stryper, Guardian, Trouble and 
Dez Dickerson, pl us a back-page editorial on fellow ship. (S-21t/MG) 

RAGING SMOLDER Apr.-July 1990 ($1 (?) from 1012 Forest Hills 
Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403): A music tabloid printed on large 
untrimmed sheets, and including a fair new 
age presence. The April issue has the George 
Jessup Band, while July does Byrd A Co, 
vegetarianism, and Raisin Brain. An interest¬ 
ing mix of the noisy and the mystic. 
(S-16t/MG) 

□RAGNAROK #1-3 (75[cents] from 
POBox 29274, Clevleland, OH 44129): A new 
admission from the Cleveland scene, the 
editor starts off by ranting about the audience 
participation levels of local shows. It goes on 
to interview Chas Smith, reviews live shows 
(Jim Carroll, Nine Inch Nails, Helmet), review 
some vinyl, and includes a humorously 
pathetic story entitled "My Suicide." #3 has 
a discussion of college radio stations and some 
cool fiction by Mike Hudson. It gets better 
as it goes along. (HL-16r/CG) 

RAISING HELL #23 (30p & postage from 
Box 32, 52 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorks, LSI 
6DT, ENGLAND): A music zine with a heavy 
anarcho-political presence, which shows up 
(among other places) in an extensive letters 
section. This issue has an interview with the 
folks from Polish zine QQRYQ, some squats 
in Europe, Anarcrust, So Much Hate and 
more. Tons of record and zine reviews and 
a list of poll tax prisoners too. (D-44r/MG) 


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□RAPBAG #2 ($1 from 101 Northcreek Blvd. Box 454, Goodletts- 
ville, TN 37072): A new music zine that seems to be mostly interested 
in the musicians themselves. They've been exploring the topic of 
why it's hard to get people to a club show in Nashville, for example. 
This issue features Gilly Elkins and Tentu, and has an amusing 
glossary for musicians. (S-16t/MG) 

REAL LIFE #35-36 ($10/yr from Debi Dip, 6520 Selma Avenue, 
#332, Los Angeles, CA 90028): Music and strangeness combine here, 
with the strangeness not being all that strange, don't get scared 
away. There's a longish interview with the Electric Ferrets, some 
weird anecdotes about animal uprisings in 1850 and a man who's 
had a cold since 1964, Stubo the Cat with no paws, some reviews, 
a neat-o flexi-disc sampler and the ever-famous Wall of Hairdew. 

Lots o' character. (S-39/CG) _ 

REGGAE DIRECTORY Vol. 3 #1 ($1 from PO Box 18115, 
Cleveland, OH 44118): A guide to reggae and related music, not 
just in the Cleveland area but all over. The main feature in this 
issue is a profile of several reggae journalists. Of course they also 
write about the m usic and the culture surrounding it. (T-12t/MG) 
RITUALS & DOGMA Vol. 1 #4 ($10/yr from WAMC, PO Box 
20201, Wichita, KS 67208-1201): The tabloid paper of the Wichita 
Area Music Coalition, a group trying to unify the local music scene. 
This issue has reviews, partying, the local student station, and more. 

(T-4t/MG) _ 

ROCK AROUND THE WORLD Mar. 1991 ($2 from PO Box 
40684, Portland, OR 97240): This one is a nifty idea. It's core is a 
listing of hundreds of indie bands, from Afghan Whigs to Zuzu's 
Petals, with their tour schedules, by band and by city. They also 
do interviews and with the March issue has started a series on the 
trials of being an indie record label. (S-40t/MG) 

ROLLIN UNDER #23 (T.Th 17590, 54009 Thessalonika, GREECE): 
A Greek-language music zine in a large format. Sometimes it gets 
off into other matters—there is an article on Raymond Chandler in 
this issue, plus what looks like a feature on some Greek horror 
movie. My Bloody Valentine and David Thomas are among the 

names I recognize here. (Q-48t/MG) _ 

SATAN ON A STICK #2 ($1.75 from PO Box 6387, Annapolis, 
MD 21401-0381): Guess we'll call this a music zine, since the biggest 
chunk of it is an interview with a taciturn Henry Rollins. They also 
review records, though the record companies probably won't be 
pleased with their casual blow-off dialogues/ There are also weird 
short stories, dangerous graphics and semi-psychotic ranting. 

(HL-24r/MG) _ 

SAUDADE #3 ($5 from Hamish Ironside, Gothic Cottage, High 
Street, South Moreton, Onon OX11 9AD, UK): A thick music zine 
that gets into all sorts of odd comers. Here Hamish has discovered 
the literary small press, and so he's reviewing poetry zines in hopes 
of effecting some crosspollination. There are plenty of reviews, talks 
with Ivor Cutler and Silverfish, a nice page on FF (thanks!), comic 

art, plenty to cho ose from. (D-94r/MG) _ 

SECONDS #13 ($3 from PO Box 2553, Stuyvesant Sta., New 
York, NY 10009): Music coverage in a combination interview/story 
format, which ranges all over the musical map: from Megadeth to 
Donny Osmond in this issue. Other offerings include Urban Dance 
Squad, Dwarves, Kim Fowley, Ruby Starr, and Uncle Tupelo. 

(T-38t/MG) _ 

SENSURED #14-16 ($2 from 3560 Temple Ave. Dept. H221, 
Pomona, CA 91768): A zine for aficionados of house music, sudden 
guerrilla underground dance clubs in Los Angeles, and so on. Plenty 
of gossip, computerized photos, news of who's hot and where to 
go. A service zine for an unusual community. (M -28t/MG) 

SHREDDING MATERIAL MAGAZINE #3 ($3 from 2515 Bidle 
Rd., Middletown, MD 21769): Inside this music zine you'll find 
interviews with HR, Naked Raygun, Jawbox and more. They also 
feature a bunch of reviews, and ask their readers to comment on 
the war. Plus this issue comes with a high-quality tape comp 
including Jabbemowl, Cry Back the Dying, Resistors, The Fifth 

Column and Sanit y Assassins. (D-30t/MG) _ 

SKULL SESSION #20 ($2 from Brad Mitchell, 3187 Keynes Ct., 
Mississauga, ONT, L5N 2Z7, CANADA): A bit of controversy stalks 
the pages of this issue, as various folks argue over whether a 
previous column on Native Peoples was racist. Fortunately the airing 
of views is for the most part thoughtful and polite. Meanwhile, 


there are plenty of reviews, interviews with Five Foot Nothing, 
Phleg Camp and more, and a hard-vinyl hardcore EP from Subverse 

included in this is sue. (S-32 & EP/MG) _ 

SLUG & LETTUCE #20 (SASE or 2 IRCs from Christine, PO Box 
2067, Peter Stuyvesant Sta., New York, NY 1000): This grassroots 
music zine is still growing. Chris prints band photos, reviews of 
music and zines (more all the time) and free classifieds (include 
SASE if you want a copy of the issue with your ad). Up to 2000 
copies, now four pages long, and looking good. ( T-4t/MG) 

□SNOT RAG #1-2 ($2.00 ppd from Karl, PO Box 1330, 

Hagersville, Ontario, N0A 1H0 CANADA): A brandy new punk zine 
with a humble beat and a good attitude. The first issue has interviews 
with the U.K. Subs, Problem Children, Dryrot and more, plus tries 
out a fair number of zine and vinyl reviews. #2 is looking better, 
with additions of a NY Scene report, interviews with One Blood, 
The Narx, [JERSEY BEAT] editor Jim Testa and more. It's always a 
good thing to hea r new voices like this. (S-29r/CG ) 

THE SOBRIETY ROADBLOCK NEWS ($8.50/yr from PO Box 
1506 GMF, Boston, MA 02205-1506): The latest edition of the 
chameleon-named zine of the Alternative Rock SIG of MENSA. They 
have fun saying nasty things about Menudo, reviewing recent 
releases, and talking about music industry gossip. Subscribers are 
encouraged to contribute. Art Milano reviews the award-winning 

music of 1990 in t his issue. (D-16t/MG) __ 

SOUND SEEN #12-13 ($1.00 each from 410 S. Busey #2, Urbana, 
IL 61801): A very well-done zine of music and culture in the Urbana 
area, mainly for college students, but also going beyond that. Besides 
the Urbana scene reports, there are plenty of other goodies inside, 
including a discussion of British beers. New York City clubs and 
cafes, the apathy of the staff, the monotony of college, interviews, 
and the differences and similarities of Acid and Indie music. A really 

fine effort. (S-19t/CG)_ 

□THE SOURCE #19-20 ($19.95/12 issues from 594 Broadway, New 
York, NY 10012): "The Magazine of Hip-Hop Culture, Music Sc 
Politics", this one is a fat and slick monthly with lots and lots of 
music in it. There's a fascinating roundtable on Hip-Hop and Islam 
in #19, along with tons of reviews. The Large Professor, doing 
business in the m usic world and lots more. (S-64t /MG) 

SPACEBALL RICOCHET #12 ($12/12 issues from PO Box 71294, 
Milwaukee, WI 53211): A music and culture zine with quite a mix 
of features, between these covers you can visit with Positive Force 
DC, listen to Wild Kingdom or Groove Diggers, and sit in on a 
Monday night poetry cafe. Nice use of art and photos to make the 
zine more of an a rtistic item itself. (S-32t/MG) 

SPILLED GUTS #6 (50* from Chris Wagner, 12 White Oak Way, 
Trenton, NJ 08618): Your 
basic music zine, mostly 
reviews. Chris is into 
Bad Religion, Sotial Dis¬ 
tortion, Lunachicks, and 
Sick of It All, to name a 
few. A mix of live and 
recorded music. (S- 
6/MG) 

SPINAL REMAINS 
#5 (75* from 1661 Con¬ 
necticut Dr., Redwood 
City, CA 94061): A music 
zine that leads off with 
a couple of columns, 
including Dave Schall on 
why not to go to war, 
and Dan railing about 
his mail being screwed 
with. Interviews with 
Functional Idiots, Nu¬ 
clear Death and Disrupt, 
plus a batch of reviews. 

(D-20r/MG) 

SPIRAL SCRATCH 
#8-9 (£24/6 issues from 6 
Chapel Street, Cam¬ 
bridge, CB4 1DY, UK): 

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interested in new music, with a slant towards the serious record 
collector—their "A-Z of New Wave" listings are gradually providing 
complete discographies for many artists. #8 features The Godfathers, 
Radio Stars and The Undertones. #9 has Front 242 and Primal 
Scream. They also review lots of records and fanzines. (A4-64t/MG) 
SPOTLIGHT #79-81 ($6/12 issues from PO Box 63423, St. Louis, 
MO 63163): Local music news and entertainment in the St. Louis 
area. They cover a calendar of events, talk to and listen to 3 Merry 
Widows, Pat Coil, live shows (Indigo Girls, Duya Duya), present 
the 4th Annual St. Louis Music Contest Winners, and also offer 
classified ads for musicians and bands. (T-15t/CG) 

SPUN #64-65 ($1 from Doug Chapel Comics, 2 Shirley St. #3, 
Worcester, MA 01610): Doug's music zine continues to get better, 
with more reviews and features in each issue. He's not all that fond 
of hype, and hands out bad reviews liberally, to people like The 
Trouble With Larr y and the Divinyls in #64. (D-28 t/MG) 

STARK REALITY #2-3 ($1 from Zak, 1206 Monroe Ave., S. 
Milwaukee, WI 53172): A music zine, mostly, although there are 
pages of things like ways to outwit worry and ways to answer the 
phone. Best interview in #2 is with Nausea; they also talk to the 
Offspring. A short story, some poetry, some opinion pieces and 
reviews are packed in too. #3 has an interview with Thanatopsis 
and a page of cof fee reviews. (D-28r/MG) _ 

STATEN ISLAND ROCK COALITION MEMBER UPDATE Vol. 
2 #3-4 ($1 (?) from PO Box 060672, Staten Island, NY 10306): 
Newsletter of a group of bands on (where else?) Staten Island. 
They're working on promoting a cooperative CD, and have plenty 
of contact info an d energy for bands in their area . (S-6t/MG) 

STEPPINGSTONE Apr. 1991 ($15/yr from Baby Faze Productions, 
PO Box 4264, San Francisco, CA 94101): A music zine that lets 
people publicize themselves relatively inexpensively. This issue has 
The Secret Team, more listings of bands out on Baby Faze, and 
continuing publicit y for the Bluelights campaign. ( S-28t/MG) 

STRAIGHT OUT #8 ($2 from 7103 Oakwood Glen. #15, Spring, 
TX 77379): A music zine with a heavy-duty commitment to animal 
rights—so much so that vegetarianism and related topics take up as 
much space as music. There's a talk with Shelter (with snide editorial 
comments added later—hardly sporting), and a veggie forum 
featuring some intolerant vegetarians. The hardcore intolerant side 
of being nice to animals. (HL-36/MG) 

STRANGE DAMAGE #6 ($2 (?) from 366 Gridley Ct., San Jose, 
CA 95127): A punk zine with a layout that reminds me a bit of 
SICK TEEN, with stuff going every which a way. There's an 
interview with publisher Joe Franke and one with Happy Flowers, 
lots of reviews, pages of things that rule and that suck, and more. 
Also includes a jou rnal of the editor's cross-country trip. (D-48r/MG) 
SUBURBAN VOICE #30 ($3.50 from A1 Quint, PO Box 1605, 
Lynn, MA 01903): Another fine issue of this perennially-fine music 
zine, this one with an American Standard/Crucial Youth hard-vinyl 
45 enclosed. They've got a Poison Idea tour diary plus talks with 
Living Colour, Thee Hypnotics, Jawbox and one of my favorites. 
Handsome Dick Manitoba. Plus their reviewers, unlike some of us, 
aren't afraid to sa y so if something is overrated. (S-64t & 45/MG) 
□SUDDEN APATHY #2 (Contact P.R. Jenner, 16 Muswell Hill 
Rd., London N6 5UG, ENGLAND): The issue that arrived is two 
years old, so better check before you send any money. It's a punk 
version of those British tabloids taking stabs at modern culture and 
music. There's an almost interview with one of the Stranglers, a 
real interview with Blackie Lawless and some nasty bits about dead 
Marilyn (for sham e!), a living sofa, Elvis, etc etc. (D-18r/CG) 

□SUPERDOPE #1 ($1.50 from 520 Frederick St. Box 33, San 
Francisco, CA 94117): A new music zine concentrating on unsigned 
and indie bands. Cover boys on this issue are Oaw Hammer; inside, 
there is major ink for Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Radio Birdmen, 
and more. Hus of course they review a bunch of records and all 
the live shows yo u can shake a stick at. (S-24t/MG ) 

SWELLSVILLE #12 ($2.50 from Jack Thompson, PO Box 85334, 
Seattle, WA 98145): Jack continues to collect some of the hippest 
and most argumentative observers of the underground music scene, 
giving them free rein in their own pages to comment. There's 
material here from Cheryl Cline, Fred Mills, Chuck Eddy, Herb Jue, 
Freddy the Bastard,and lots more. A never-ending op/ed page of 
music. (S-49/MG) 


TECHNOLOGY WORKS #6 ($1 or 4 stamps from PO Box 477, 
Placentia, CA 92670-0477): A zine that focuses in on industrial music, 
as well as the new wave of harder sounding, technified dance music. 
This one has Skinny Puppy, Severed Heads, Frontline Assembly, 
and a whole passle of reviews, plus a feature on just where some 
of those samples come from. (D~20t/MG) 

TEXAS BEAT Vol. 2 #3-4 ($20/12 issues from PO Box 4429, 

Austin, TX 78765): The Texas music scene from top to bottom: dance 
clubs, live shows (Darden Smith in #4), an interview with Ty Tabor 
of King's X, and a column on the studio activities in four major 
cities in Texas. There's also (in #3) a compilation of critic's best list 
for 1990. (S-23t/CG)_ 

□THROWRUG #1 ($1 (?) from 4089 Squalicum Lake Rd., 
Bellingham, WA 98226): A new zine from the Seattle area that sticks 
to interviewing local bands. This issue has The Meek, Capping Day, 
Skinyard, and Hammerbox, plus some blindfold record reviews. 
(D-16r/MG) _ 

THRUST #5-6 ($30/10 issues from 252 Cathcart St., Ottawa, ONT, 
KIN 5C3, CANADA): Well, I don't know many music zines with a 
sports section, but THRUST seems determined to break a few rules. 
They concentrate on new music from industrial to dance, with a 
high-tech layout and cool color graphics on the cover. Plenty of live 
reviews, short stories. Alien Sex Fiend, insert artwork and calendars. 
(S-40t/MG) _ 

TOMMY #102 (IRCs from Mauro Missana, Via Umberto I, 146, 
33034 Fagagna (Udiine), ITALY): Italian-language rock coverage in a 
consistent package. This issue has Pankow, Road to Ruin, Outsiders, 
Tribal Bops, Negazione, Flor De Mai and a great many more, as 
well as a news roundup and reviews. (A4-40/MG) 

TRACTION #2 ($2 from PO Box 71033, Milwaukee, WI 53211): 
A music zine that breaks some boundaries in its choice of subjects, 
spreading out over underground culture in general. This issue 
includes an interview with three guys who do guerrilla' tattoo-work, 
as well as Chris Boarts from SLUG & LETTUCE zine. Then there 
are Babes in Toyland, Doc Corbin Dart, Feck and other bands. 
Bonuses include half a page of deadhead jokes and well-done book 
and zine reviews. (S-54r/MG) _ 

TRUANT #4 ($3 & 2 stamps from PO Box 42185, Memphis, TN 
38104): If you're slow, you might only get the 8-song flexi; the zine 
is an extra with the first 500 copies. All the bands here come from 
the South: Trusty, Sobering Consequences, Pezz, Econochrist, the 
Numbskulz. Lots of great hardcore music with backup interviews, 
multi-colored printi ng and a neat comb binding. (S -40t & FL/MG) 

TRUST #27 ($6 air/$4 surface [no checks] from Dolf Hermannstad- 
ter jun., Salzmanstrasse 53, 8900 Augsburg, WEST GERMANY): 
Plenty of photo action here, with all the hardcore bands these clever 
Germans can track down. They write exclusively in German, but 
the lineup is still understandable: Poison Idea, Charlys War, 
Leatherface, and Bad Yodelers are among the attractions in this 
issue. Plenty of re views, of zines and music, as w ell. (A4-60r/MG) 

TV EYE #11 (IRCs from PO Box 17562, 54009 Salonika, GREECE): 
A Greek-language music zine in large-page format. They cover a 
mix of American and other groups, ranging from John Cale to Blue 
Aeroplanes to Eno to Sonic Youth. (0-8r/MG) 

U.K. RESIST #4 ($2 from PO Box 244A, Surbiton, Surrey, KT5 
9LU, UK): A music zine that maintains the political orientation 
associated with early punk—upset and determined to change the 
world. This issue has an interview with Chumbawamba and a feature 
article on Ice Cube (thanks to the obvious similarities between punk 
& rap). There's also a flexi with songs from the Blaggers and 
Trenchfever. (A4-32t/MG) 

UNBROKEN CHAIN Vol. 6 #1 ($5/3 issues from PO Box 8726, 
Richmond, VA 23226): This one is for Deadheads, and it follows 
them and the band around the country. Set lists and news coverage 
of the band are a big part of it, but there is also much material 
devoted to helping build a sense of community, from letters to 
pictures of person alized license plates. (5-16t/MG) 

UNDER THE VOLCANO #1 ($2 from PO Box 236, Neconset, 
NY 11767): Formerly WATCHING SISTER VOMIT, this one is 
growing and getting more polished with its name change. The main 
feature in #1 is an interview with Sick of It All, who manage to 
be quite articulate. There's also poetry, an advice column, and a 
pile of reviews. (S-16t/MG) 



































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□UNIVIBES #1 ($10 check to C. Glebbek or cash via registered 
mail ONLY from Coppeen, Enniskeane, Co. Cork, REPUBLIC OF 
IRELAND): A new Hendrix zine from three fanatical collectors who 
between them have extensive archives of written, audio and 
photographic material. They concentrate here on reviews of new 
material, but also have chats with those who knew Jimi, bits of 
memorabilia, history and more. You can get a promo flyer for 1 
IRC. (D-24t/MG) 

VICIOUS HIPPIES FROM PANDA HELL #11 ($1 from PO Box 
34, Portland, OR 97207): Always colorful (literally) music zine from 
the Northwest. This issue has a bit more editorializing and 
commentary than usual, with the Pre-and-Post Gulf War issue being 
the key topic. It's talked about rationally. There's also a list of things 
to do when you are unemployed and lots of music news and notes. 
The reviewing styl e is down-to-earth and friendly. (D-20/CG) 

VICTORY REVIEW Vol.16 #2 ($15/yr membership from PO Box 
7515, Bonney Lake, WA 98390): Jazz and fol coverage for the musician 
and listener alike. They sport a songwriter's column, review music 
and even the songwriters, check out kids music, carry a calendar 
of events and even advise their readers on paying taxes. Full and 
informative. (S-26r/ CG) _ 

VOODOO CHILD #23 ($1 (?) from Jimi Hendrix Information 
Management Institute, PO Box 374, Des Plaines, IL 60016): Interest 
in Jimi Hendrix remains high—indeed, right at the moment he is 
on the cover of SPIN—and this zine is for his fans and collectors 
. The review new bootlegs and reissues, watch Hendrix im¬ 
personators perform, and delve into the history of the band. The 
latest thing seems to be poster-sized photo reprodu ctions. (S-8t/MG) 
WASTE PAPER #29 ($1.00 from 638 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 
80203): Pay no attention to the title, this is no waste of paper. Some 
of the best all-around reviewing I've seen here, from live shows 
(Revolting Cocks, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave to name a few) to record 
reviews to interviews (Skinny Puppy) to zine reviews (some of which 
I'd like to plagiarize) to ''Best of..." lists, which includes singles, 
albums, beers and shows. Anyhow, you've got to love a column 

that calls itself "Be er and Egos." (S-36/CG) _ 

WAVELENGTH #124-125 ($15/12 issues from PO Box 15667, New 
Orleans, LA 70175): This one is your window on the New Orleans 
music scene, with an emphasis on jazz and blues. #124 has Danny 
Barker, Mardi Gras notes, and of course a long listing of who's 
where when. #125 looks at reissues, both jazz and r&b, CD and 

otherwise. (S-40t/MG)_ 

WHAT GOES ON #4 ($5 from VUAS, 5721 SE Laguna Ave., 
Stuart, FL 34997-7828): The zine of the Velvet Underground 
Appreciation Society. It's been a long time (5 years) since the previous 
issue, but this fat volume, complete with color photos and reunion 
flexidisc, was worth the wait. It focuses on drummer Moe Tucker, 
featuring extensive interviews with her and her daughter, a 
discography update, auction VU material, and plenty more. 

(S-78t/MG) __ 

WHAT'S NEXT?!! #2 ($2 (?) from Dan Lajoie, 110 Maria St. #2, 
Sarnia, ONT, N7T 4S5, CANADA): A fat zine of metal, thrash and 


hardcore. (Though they also look outside the music arena, with a 
Peter Bagge interview). This issue has Dougboys, Lemonheads, 
Scatterbrain, Obliveon, Vio-Lence and lots more, plus a load of 
reviews. There's also scene reports from places as diverse as the 

UK and Toronto. ( S-60/MG) __ 

WHAT UP! #4 ($1 from Jewel, 131-20-135th PL, New York, NY 
11420): Formerly NEW WAVE IS ALIVE, this zine covers a variety 
of new music. There's an interview with Skull Duggery in this issue 
and one with Reaction. Jewel also publishes short reviews, little bits 
of fiction, gothic poetry and whatever other goodies she finds. 

(S-36/MG) _ 

WHITE NOISE #30 ($3/4 issues from PO Box 1564, Point Roberts, 
WA 98281-1564): A zine for those interested in loud, metallic, 
Christian rock and roll. It's always chaotically filled with bits of 
news and gossip tucked in every corner. This issue includes Crash 

Dog, Immortal De ad, and more. (S-8/MG) _ 

WIRE Vol. 10 #1-2 ($9.50/yr from 2319 N. 19th St. #143, Seattle, 
WA 98103): Alternative music and culture from a Pacific Northwest 
point of view. #1 includes a nice piece on Marshmallow Overcoat, 
while #2 has Savage Republic, a page by Clark Humphrey on junk 

food, and comics as art. (S-32t/MG) _ 

WONDEROUS STORIES Vol. 2 #2 ($3.50 from PO Box 85, 
University Sta., Syracuse, NY 13210): The magazine for fans of the 
rock group Yes—which is now in the process of putting out a 
reunion album. Besides that exciting news, this issue has interviews 
with Peter Banks and Larry Gowan, letters, reviews of tapes and 

other news about the ban. (S-19t/MG) _ 

WRITER'S BLOCK #7 ($2 from Mike Appelstein, PO Box 271, 
Spotswood, NJ 08884): A zine of new music with good reviews and 
a few extra columns, like Anne Rubinstein's stuff on comics. This 
one includes interviews with the strange people at Dairy Queen 
Empire , plus Cou rtney Love and Sue Garner. (S- 24r/MG) 

YOUR FLESH #21 ($3.50 from Peter Davis, PO Box- 25146, 
Minneapolis, MN 55458-6146): A beautiful mutant color cover wraps 
around a lot of loud new music here. They feature Clawhammer, 
Velvet Monkeys, Cop Shoot Cop and God's Acre along with an 
interview with fFILM THREAT honcho Christian Gore. Plenty of 
reviews, most in a take-no-prisoners style, fill out the book. 
(S-96t/MG) 

□ZIPS & CHAINS #6 ($2 from Dario Adamic, Via Arrigo Boito 
78/D, 00052 Valcanneto (Cerveteri), ITALY): English-language look 
at the music zine in Europe and elsewhere, in the grand punk 
tradition. Toten Hosen, President Fetch, MDM, BBB, Happy Kadaver, 
Alptraum and lots more here, along with a section of serious reviews. 
(D-40r/MG) 



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111 THINGS YOU WOULDNT WANT TO MEET IN A DARK 
ALLEY #2 (35* & a stamp from Roadkill Comics, Diego Kirsch, PO 
Box 104, Athens, GA 30603): A further enumeration in crude 
drawings. This issue includes a fearsome mugger, some sort of 
cleaning brush, aliens and who knows what else. Certainly on the 
primitive side. (M-8/MG) 


square. No real deep point here, just a cute bit of art in 

a collectible size. ( MM-12/MG) _ 

ADMIT ONE #2 (65[cents] plus Age Statement from 
Sulzbach, POBox 1694, Phenix City, AL 36868): The warning 
on the cover suggests that if you have any "wholesome 
moral convictions" you should probably not read this mini. 
Three small stories about a neanderthaltype who gave up 
major vices but clings to caffeine, "Slime Joe," that ole 
stereotyped Chines character who serves deodorized armpit 
hairs in his soup, and two fellas discussing the lack of 
sexual prowess of one of them. (M-6/CG) 

ANACHRONISTIC TIME BOMB FUNNIES #2 ($2.75 
from Nathan Tolzmann, 1905 Tree House, Plano, TX 75023): 
This is as much art as comics, visual poetry passing down 
the page in some pieces, action/adventure in others. Nathan 
and company have strange ways of looking at the world. 
I loved "Marmot" and his caravan of 50's promotional 

materials. (S-24/MG)_ 

□ART 208 #1 ($1.50 from Jules Grey Hart, 1719 N. 19th 
St. #C3, Superior, WI 54880): An excellent entry into the 
comics field,with a quite impressive selection of science 
fictional and surreal work. There is a bit of vacuum cleaner 
silliness, the start of an intriguing starship adventure, and 

more. Promising s tuff. (D-20/MG) _ 

ATX TS-48. TS-86 (75* from Steven J. Brooks, Cam¬ 
bridge, MA 02238-2507): A pair of single-sheet comics 
involving condoms. In the one the characters (stylized, 
semi-geometric young women) argue about how many 
cigarettes one is worth; in the other, the making of an 
improvised dental dam is demonstrated. (S-l/MG) 

BARR WARS WAITLIST BRAWL ($3.25 from 5338 
Heather Glen, Garland, TX 75043): A refreshingly unique 
apa made up of like-minded artists and fans who use their 
comics and recurring characters in each issue. Each artist 
has her/his own vision of the character; some installments 
are written, most are drawn and all are fun to read. 

(D-150/CG) _ 

THE BEATLES EXPERIENCE #2 ($2.50 plus postage 
from Revolutionary Comics, 519 University Ave. #103, San 
Diego, CA 92103): An unauthorized comic retelling of the 
Beatles story. Being unauthorized doesn't make it inaccurate, though. 
This installment covers the years 1964-66 (including the year's 
headlines and top ten singles!) for the Fab Four like a pictorial 
biography, mostly told from John's point of view, and the story 
feels like new agai n. They do a great job at this. (S-40/CG) 


□1 AND 1 #1 ($2 & Age Statement from Andrew Roller, PO Box 
221295, Sacramento, CA 95822): A collection of comics, none of them 
by Roller. Mike Wood is the main artist here, with a pair of 
exceedingly bizarre strips, including one in which porn star Christy 
Canyon comes out of the television and another nasty violent piece. 
Covers by Eric Pe terson, reviews by Lynn Hansen . (S-18t/MG) 

□2"=2' (50* from Jabberwocky Graphix, PO Box 165246, Irving, 
TX 75016): A tiny comic of toes, done on paper about two inches 



THE BEAUTIFUL CREEPS THAT MADE MY VACATION A 
REAL COOL NIGHTMARE Part 10 ($1.50 from Robert Michael, 46 
Bam Rd., Agawam, MA 01001): A minicomic of people like 
"Hortense" and "Nick", folks who washed up on Cape Cod for the 
summer. The style is reminiscent of Peter Bagge, and a separate 
12-page remix ver sion is also included. (M-40 & M M-12/MG) 

BEWARE THE JABBERWOK (50[cents] or trade from George 
Harnish, 2760 Louisiana Ct. #9, St. Louis Park, MN 55426): A tiny 
mini-mini with a various poses of dragons. I do wonder if these 
drawings are reduced or if George actually draws this tiny. If so, 
then these are so mething out of Alice's world. (M M-6/CG) 

□BIRDS FROM NOWHERE (35* from Diego Kirsch, PO Box 104, 
Athens, GA 30603): Rather crude sketchbook work here in a 
minicomic format. The subject is in fact birds, of a variety of distorted 

shapes and sizes. (M-8/MG) _ 

□BOMBAY (75* from Nullification Presentations, 1998 Huntington, 
Grosse Pte. Woods, MI 48236-1918): Another stop on the depressed 
nihilist's world tour. This is a bit of travelogue, with pictures and 
description of the incredible congestion and lack of dignity found 

in Bombay. (D-8/MG)__ 

BOOM BOOM: YOUR TICKET TO CONFUSION (50[cents] from 
David Lasky, 403 8th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118): Curious comics 
designed to "with a sense of utter incoherence," but that doesn't 
stop them from being fun to read. A woman loses a comb in her 
hair for 3 years, a high school girl saves the world from a one-eyed 

robot. Good art. ( M-6/CG) _ 

□BORIS SLOAN #2 ($$1.25 from Arthur A. Lyon, 710 S. 26th, 
South Bend, IN 46615-2206): Boris is billed on the cover as "Private 






















































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Eye, Repetitive Jerk". His answer to almost any personal problem 
is the same: shoot it. He blasts his way through life here, and then 
starts in on death with the same attitude problem . (S-16/MG) 

THE BOSTON COMIC NEWS #27 ($17/24 issues from HOP 
Publications, PO Box 44-1289, Somerville, MA 02144): A variety of 
comics here, mostly mainstream and editorial. The idea of BCN is 
to collect into one easy package all the syndicated stuff you turn 
to in the morning papers, and it works well; opinions without the 

bother of news. ( T-20t/MG) _ 

BOVINE GAZETTE Vol. 1 #5 ($1 from PO Box 2263, Pasadena, 
CA 91102): Comics which get more intriguing all the time. The writer 
here is definitely off on his own plane of reality, with talking slugs 
the most popular characters, followed closely by sheep. Oddball 
stuff, suited for p erplexing your friends. p-12/MG ) 

BRAT PACK #3 ($2.95 plus postage from Tundra Publishing, 

351 Pleasant St., Suite 214, Northampton, MA 01060): This one keeps 
getting grimmer and grimmer. So far in our story the replacement 
sidekicks (the former ones were murdered) of the town's grimy and 
subversive super heroes have started their indoctrinations, which for 
some include ritual beatings, rapings, smelling poorly and abject 
humiliation. Still [ noir] but leaning towards nihilism . (S-94/CG) 

CALVIN - A LOVE STORY (50* or trade from Alan Holt, 20 
Mason Ave., Otahuhu, NEW ZEALAND): A strange dreamy 
microcomic. It alternates periods of dreaming and darkness with 
pleasantness and later pure terror. There does seem to be a bit of 
a love story invol ved, but the plot is very confusi ng. (MM-40/MG) 
□CAPTAIN ARMAND'S SHIP OF SIN ($1 & 2 stamps from Kel 
N. Crum, 2031 Balmoral Ct., Columbus, OH 43229): In this issue 
Kel's somewhat spacy heroine Corny gets picked up by the evil 
Captain Armand, as punishment for her drifting ways. She 
fortunately manages to get free through guile, but along the way 
their are a variety of weird ghosts to contend wit h. (D-24/MG) 
□THE CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE (75* from Nullification 
Productions, 1998 Huntington, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1918): 
How many people can combine Nietzsche and a trip to Honduras 
in a comic? Well, here's the result, fun in the sun with a 
terminally-depressed narrator who looks a bit like an aardvark. Life 
isn't good for some people no matter how well it goes. (D-8/MG) 
□CHERYL AND JIM #1 (25[cents] plus a stamp from Doug 
Chapel, 2 Shirley St. #3, Worcester, MA 01610): If Cheryl and Jim 
are really friends of Doug then they probably won't be much longer. 
They have a sad, unhealthy relationship dependent on video games, 
alcohol, loud music, bad driving and soap operas. But Chapel's 
drawing and style are always fun to read, anyway . (M-6/CG) 

□CHOICES A Pro-Choice Benefit Comic ($5.50 from Angry Isis, 
1982 15th St., San Francisco, CA 94114): I wish this weren't a 
one-shot, and I hope the future brings more. Here are, in many a 
varied style and method, are a collection of [pro-choice] comics, in 
the great tradition of the underground comic. But the messages of 
these female and male artists are in no way underground—sometimes 
humorous, sometimes dramatic, always poignant voices of protest 
over a woman's right to decide what to do with her body. And 
what a collection of artists: Alison Bechdel, Nicole Hollander, Cathy 
Guisewite, Garry Trudeau, Bill Griffith, and many more whose names 
might not be quite as familiar, but stand out in quite the same way. 
This may be a strong belief for me, but I suspect that those who 
don't share the opinions of the pro-choice element may have some 
of their own beliefs challenged, just by settling down to this unusual 

forum of talent an d voice. (D-48/CG) _ 

□COLOSTOMY DOMINE COMICS #1 ($1 from Eric Peterson, 
11 Wall St., Canton, MA 02021): The latest round of bizarreness 
from Grin Reaper Productions. It's got people with eyeballs wiggling 
out of their heads, bizarre sexual fetishes, people with extremely 
large body parts and other hallucinations. I loved the "Brain on 

Doug" strip. (S-12/ MG) _ 

□COMIC CHRONICLE #24 ($3.50/3 issues from Glen Lubbert, 
RD 2 McFann Rd., Valencia, PA 16059): Editorials and articles on 
the state of comicdom today, mostly easily-had non-underground 
types. It explores investment in comics, gimmicks used by comics 
companies, media for the comic reader, and what's going to happen 
to Thor anyday now. It has the makings of a mainstream review 
and comics guide with a personal touch. (HL-18/C G) 

THE COMICIST #13 ($1.50 from Rocket Graphics, PO Box 233, 


Loveland, OH 45140): A review of the small press comics world 
that seems to be covering more ground all the time. This issue has 
news about a lot of the major small press comics folks, plus plenty 

of reviews and let ters. (HL-25t/MG) _ 

COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE PRICE GUIDE April/June 1991 
($9.95/yr from 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001): This one is 
aimed squarely at the collector of comics from the Silver Age to the 
present, listing current prices for something like 25,000 books. They 
also feature a color guide to comics grading 4 , notes from dealers on 
what's currently hot, and a look back at some collectible titles. 

(S-90t/MG) __ 

COMICS F/X #17 ($15/6 issues from 5014-D Roosevelt Way NE, 
Seattle, WA 98105): This is the last tabloid issue of this comics news 
and reviews zine. Now they're switching to a standard-sized pub 
and dropping some things like columns and their original comics. 
They intend to continue concentrating on self-produced comics. This 
issue has some nice pages of photos, and the usual plethora of 
reviews, plus the Morty Awards for last year. (T-2 8r/MG) 

THE COMIC STRIP GAZETTE #3 ($2.75 & Age Statement from 
Verl Holt Bond, 1475 Tabor Ave., Kettering, OH 45420): A collection 
of Verl's work, both short strips and pieces of serials (as well as 
an essay on reconstructing old movies and a batch of letters). He's 
at his best in post-apocalyptic worlds where the air of desperation 
that most of his c haracters emanate seems only na tural. (D-52/MG) 
COMIKAZE #2 ($3 from PO Box 1145, Royal Oak, MI 48068): 
Not entirely comics, as they interview Sonic Youth here for some 
reason. But they also talk to Dennis Worden and Matt Feazell, and 
publish bizarre comics with an indie/underground edge to them 
including David Merline's "Carl Pig" and DL Dearth's "Tony Man". 
Check out the pag e of pranks you can play too. (S-32t/MG) 

COYOTE #2 ($1.25 from Mel. White, Laughing Coyote Press, 
5338 Heather Glen, Garland, TX 75043):-This one is sort of an 
experiment for Mel., a minicomic done with computer drawing 
programs instead of sketchpad and pencil. It features Coyote and 
Greywulf, a pair of anthropomorphs in a fair pack of trouble (don't 
worry, there's a happy ending in this issue). Amusing, but I liked 

her regular art sty le better. (M-24/MG) _ 

CROSSCURRENTS #7-8 ($1.60 from Rick Howe, 26 Woodland 
Cir., Columbus, GA 31904): Mostly comics, though there are some 
written pieces as 
well, notably a 
letter from An¬ 
drew Roller and 
Rick's own essay 
on the Writers of 
the Future con¬ 
test. I enjoyed 
Liam Brooks' 
comic about why 
he doesn't do 
comics these 
days. There 
were also several 
people drawing 
their characters 
falling through 
the air...a curi¬ 
ous (non?) coin¬ 
cidence. (D- 
24/MG) 

□DANGER¬ 
OUS BIRDS ($1 
from Kel M. 

Crum, 2031 Bal¬ 
moral Ct., Co¬ 
lumbus, OH 
43229): A tale of 
a couple of birds 
(literally) who 
discover 
3how lucrative a 
lawsuit can be in 
our litigation- 
crazy society. 

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society, the get their comeuppance in the end, returning to a 
relatively happy li fe of birdness. Cute. (D-16/MG) 

DIE FAT PIGGY DIE #23 (50* from Decadence Comix, PO Box 
134, Waynesville, MO 65583): One of the all-time great zine titles, 
with this issue being devoted to horror, mainly in the form of 
comics. There are suicides and evil pom merchants and punk rock 
stars here, all twisting reality around and ruining lives. Ends with 
a gross-out short story. (D-8r/MG) _ 

DOGMA FIGHT ($2.75 from Kjartan Amorsson, PO Box 32292, 
Tucson, AZ 85751): This is another battle between cartoon characters, 
further spinoff from the rapidly-becoming-infamous Barr Wars. In 
this one, Roberta Gregory's demons take on Kjartan's mad scientist, 
in an ever escalating war of wits. Pretty amazing and amusing stuff. 
(D-28/MG) _ 

□DONALD FUCK ($5 from S. H. Kristensen, Agtrupvej 109, 1 
tv., DK-6000, DENMARK): A comic, all in Danish, about a rather 
rude mutation of Donald Duck. It's got sex and violence and a 
decided underground look and feel to it. Also comes with a 20-minute 
soundtrack from Anus Presley on cassette, all clashing noises and 
snippets of found sound. ($-28 & T/MG) _ 

DR. JOE GUY PAN PRESENTS RALPH AND REGGIE #2 ($2 
CASH from Dr. Joe Guy Pan, 2118 Guadalupe St. #179, Austin, TX 
78705): A really weird comic book featuring a rat, a bum, and the 
spirit of Michael Landon in adventures ranging from Heaven to Hell 
and points in between. Motorcycle madness, devious pigs, and a 
graffiti-drenched a rt style make this stand out. (H L-40/MG) 

DUNGAR THE BARBARIAN #28 ($1 from Dimestore Stories, 
PO Box 360041, Strongsville, OH 44136): The long-running Dungar 
series is still proceeding, as in this issue he rides through the woods 
with the sorceress Rayne. Sword and sorcery with a few stereotypes 
but a level of inte rest nonetheless. (M-16/MG) 

ELECTROLYSIS #1 (75* from Sulzbach III, PO Box 1694, Phenix 
City, AL 36868): A minicomic which spends its pages introducing 
the main character, the wrestling champion known as "The 
Impactor". We're told (in somewhat repetitive fashion) that he's 
hurtin' inside, but we don't know why yet. (M-8/MG) 

□EQUINE THE UNCIVILIZED #6-7 ($2.75 from GraphXpress, 
PO Box 32292, Tucson, AZ 85751): A pro-quality comic featuring 
Equine, a horse/anthropomorph in a good deal of trouble. There are 
wizards here, and catapults, wenches and feats of valor and who 
knows what else. #6 is a jam issue featuring work from a number 
of big names, including Marc Schirmeister, Donna Barr and some 
upstart turtles from some guys named Eastman and Laird. (S-32/MG) 

EXQUISITE CORPSE CQMIX #14 (50* & 29* postage from 
Starhead Comix, PO Box 30044, Seattle, WA 98103): A jam minicomic 
from Jeff Gaither and Bill Shut, apparently vying to see who can 
turn these two-page spreads into the most bizarre forms. Peter Max 
on bad drugs. (M-8/MG) 

EXTREME MAGAZENE #4 ($2 CASH from . Hojager Olesen, 
Marius Holst Gade 6, 4th, DK-8700 Horsens, DENMARK): A review 
of comix from all over the place, with excerpts from their art. Tommy 
is an artist himself, and starts his own serial in this issue, a sort 
of film noir in print. Strange and extreme comics are especially 
invited to send co pies for review. (D-16/MG) 

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lead story "This Blind Life" is, starting with a kid who has a dream 
only to get it rudely stomped. Jeff also includes a lonely little poem 
in the back. (MM- 32/MG) __ 

□FEAR ITSELF #1 ($1.50 from GoGo Guy Publications, POBox 
5212, Succ. C., Montreal, Quebec, H2X 3W2 CANADA): These are 
a most unusual bunch of comic artists. This comic is all drawn by 
Matthew Brown, who delivers melancholy and/or introspective stories 
about dog fantasizing, "getting in touch with your sexuality," and 
a Christmas tragedy. Intriguing art; really, a most unusual bunch. 
(D-14/CG)_ 

FETAL BRAIN TANGO (Tundra Publishing, 320 Riverside Dr., 
Northampton, MA 01060): The second in Tundra's new sketchbook 
series. It presents work in everything from ballpoint pen to watercolor 
from one of the main workers on SWAMP THING, John Tottleben. 
His imagination runs to gruesome monsters, women in peril, nudes, 
weird alien beings and more. Superb work. (S-40/ MG) 

FLOP #3-4 (50* from Paul Nicoloff, 800 Nelson St. #103, Austin, 
TX 78703): Cute single-panel gags, along with a winning entry to a 
Zippy the Pinhead contest. I enjoyed the flower-molester lineup and 
the End of the W orld especially. Chuckles. (M-8/M G) 

FOLLOWERS OF THE ALL Vol. 1 #6 ($2 (?) from James Rubino, 
PO Box 8064, Pembroke Pines, FL 33084): A comic with plenty of 
Christian symbolism—Virtue, Patience, and Mr. Faith are among the 
last believers in the true religion, in a high-tech society that worships 
Baal, In this issue Patience gets captured, and Mr. Faith determines 
to stand up to the evil minions. (D-28/MG) 

FRAN AN' MAABL #3 ($3.00 from Mailbox Books, POBox 1278, 
Roslyn, PA 19001): An unconventional standard sized saga of two 
female beings(well, they're actually boobulous humans with cat 
heads) who possess magic of some sort and go on adventures* 
together. In this part of die epic they enter th€ inner world (which 
is tough for Maabl as she is..er..quite rotund and not mor£ than a 
little top heavy), resolve some spell mysteries and never have sex. 
It's fun and lighthearted. (S-32/CG) 

□FREAK FUCKS ($2.52 & Age Statement from Starhead Comix, 
PO Box 30044, Seattle, WA 98103): A series of single panel 
sexually-oriented cartoons by D. Worden. They feature aliens and 
deformed humans, some with overdeveloped genitalia, some with 
multiple sets, and many even harder to classify. The stuff of 
nightmares. (M-24/MG) 

FUN IN RUSSIA WITH MASTER ANARCHY #5 (25[cents] and 
a stamp from Jeff Carvalho, 92 Heather Dr., East Hartford, CT 
06118-3114): I must have missed the gist of this ongoing story, 
because this is the last installment and I can't understand what's 
going on. Apparently Master Anarchy is a spy or infiltrator whose 
happened upon a room in which there is a red button he's not 
supposed to press. He presses it. Stay tuned for what happens next. 
(M-6/CG) _ 

□GLX SPTZL! #1 (35*& a stamp from No-Mo Comics, 238 Barber 
St., Athens, GA 30601): Another freeform comic from Devlin 
Thompson. This issue has dead celebrities, falling monsters, puzzling 
underwear jokes, and more. (M-8/MG) 

GOODIES #81-84 ($1.50 & Age Statement from Jabberwocky 
Graphix, PO Box 165246, Irving, TX 75018): Lusty minicomic art 
from Brad Foster and a host of friends. There's a mix here: some 
pinups, some short strips, and Brad himself reviews porno flicks. 
Feminine bodies ranging from the pleasantly rounded to the 
fetishistically exaggerated, all ready for action and most stripped to 
the buff. #84 has a wild strip of ghostly sex and other relationships. 
(M-16/MG) _ 

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE CURLEY Vol.l #1 (50[cents] 
from Haricots Verts, 753 Tamarack Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070): 
Short strips of two Cajun-sounding cats, Francis and Curley, who 
lightly engage in conversation that runs from satire to Marx 
Brother-ish banter. This one would fit in fine in almost any city 
daily and the cats are funnier and more intelligent than that other 
mainstream orange critter. (M-7/CG) 

THE GRAD #6 ($1.50 from John Migliore, 17 Halam Ave., 
Hamilton, ONT, L8V 1Z2, CANADA): This one is getting more 
confusing by the minute, as characters proliferate. You get the two 
giant monsters Yucca and Oomph, Lethargic Lad and his sidekicks, 
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con, and more. Pl enty of action and cliche-busting here. (D-32/MG) 

A GREAT BIG TEXAS HOWDY (50[cents] from W. Joe Hoppe, 
1603 Woodlawn, Suite #2, Austin, TX 78703): "100% totally true" 
chronicle of Joe's descent from the "Miniapple" to Austin, as he 
finds himself in cowboy land where there are a million wonders 
and attractions. There's the Alamo, a snake farm, goats with bike 
handgrips on their horns, and the world's finest boots. Hearty and 

friendly. (M-15/CG)_ 

GUBBA GUB COMICS Vol. 2 #1 ($1.50 from Mark Fearing, 730 
E. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703): Gud, the bizarre being in a 
future society of peopelbots, is back. In this issue he has a new 
backup feature, Dobbly Lotus, who happens to be a potato-like 
critter without arms. A strange book, starting off a couple of new 

stories for the mo nths ahead. (D-16/MG) _ 

□GUY GOODE, THE SUPER GOOD GUY #1 ($1.50 from Pete 
Maher, PO Box 4, Oceanport, NJ 07757): Super Good Guy is one 
of the more musclebound vigilante heros around, though not one 
of the brightest. In this issue he rescues the police chief from the 
nefarious baddies, and manages to avoid getting busted himself. 

Superheros in the strange zone. (S-20/MG) _ 

HANK AND HANNAH ($5 plus Age Statement from B.N. 
Duncan, do B.E.F.P., 2425 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704): 
"Over and Under" is the subtitle of this booklet of cartoons about 
Hank and Hannah, a couple who have sex a lot. Most of the written 
part has Hank philosophizing about the joys of his woman's body, 
and shows the difference between two perceptions—namely his and 
hers. Hank's ideas start to sound a little one-sided after a while, 
but it's apparent that he loves Hannah, and she loves him, so I 

guess they belong together. (S-28/CG) _ 

HERMAN HANKS #2 (75[cents] from POBox 360041, Strongsville, 
OH 44136): This is Herman's "team up special" in which the heroic 
chicken? rooster? flies through the cosmos with Floyd, a smiley-faee 
robot orb (who you'll find in the pages ofZOT). Most of the action 
revolves around Herman trying to find out just exactly what and 

who Floyd is. (M- 6/CG) __ 

□HERO 358 #1 (50* from Starlight Comix, 1 David Ln. #4A, 
Yonkers, NY 10701): Pretty standard superhero stuff in this mini, 
which appears to be tackling questions of vigilante justice. Takes 
place on a newly-ri sen 8th continent on an alternate earth. (M-16/MG) 
HARVEYVILLE FUN TIMES Vol. 1 #2 ($6/4 issues from Mark 
Arnold, 1464 La Playa #105, San Francisco, CA 94122): A zine for 
lovers of Harvey comics. This issue has a Casper checklist, more 
on the history of Richie Rich, and a selection of covers from parodies 

of Harvey comics. (S-12/MG) _ 

HEALTH #3 ($2 from David Tompkins, 207 Ave. B #2A, New 
York, NY 10009): A strange comic collection with a glossy card 
cover. Inside there are wolves, auto-mobile teeth, love lost in bars, 
the Pogues, and other strange things. Life in the city as seen through 

deranged eyes. (H L-36/MG) __ 

HEMPSTONED #2 (50* from G. Stomberg, 303 S. 5th St., Oregon, 
IL 61061): A combination comics and poetry and collage zine, or 
something like that. Greg doesn't carry on very coherent plots, but 
he has westerns a nd SF mixed up in this one. (M -16/MG) 

□HMM? #1 ($1 from Pneumatic Press, PO Box 1964, Ventura, 
CA 93002): A microcomic that came in a small plastic bag with a 
smaller plastic gun. The artwork is by Jaime Crespo, who is at home 
with junkies nodding off and a long list of stereotypes to hate, from 
yuppies to mindle ss sports fans. (MM-16/MG) 

HODAGS AND HODADDIES #8-10 ($2 (?) from 285 Metropolitan 
Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211): A looseleaf comics collection that comes 
in a variety of packages. They feature disturbing cartoonists like 
Scott Cunningham and Russell Christian, with looks at the city and 
the people in it. Nice color cover on #9. The overall impression is 
sort of like a New York version of ARTPAPER. ( S-15/MG) 

□HORN FARM #1 (87* CASH/Stamps & Age Statement from 312 
Harvard E. #109, Seattle, WA 98102): This comic treads pretty close 
to the edges...bondage, necrophilia, demons, defecation and more 
are among their subjects. The pictures start small and gradually 
grow, along with the nasty neurotic overtones. A probable hit. 

(D-20/MG) _ 

□ILL BILL HAS HIS FILL (50* from 711 W. 20th, Tulsa, OK 
74107): Another book that is probably not politically correct. Ill Bill 
is a hypochondriac who also gets injured quite a bit, all of which 


is presented in as humorous a fashion as possible. Would have 
benefited from lar ger panels, though. (D-8/MG) 

□IMAGINATION LINK #47 (75* from Alan & Carl Sissom, PO 
Box 421, Woodbury, TN 37190): A minicomic that bills itself as "The 
back-pocket comics showcase!". "The link" is the main feature here, 
about a spherical flying robot probe who seems to have taken a 

liking to a couple of kids. (M-20/MG) _ 

IMAGO #2 ($4 from Figment Press, PO Box 3566, Moscow, ID 
83843-0477): A zine of comics commentary and serialized dramas. 
Chuck Bordell has some very nice fantasy work running here, while 
Jeff Mason contributes an amusing one-page comic. JC Hendee 
worries about "The Death of the Small Press", and there are reviews 

of some graphic n ovels. (D-48t/MG) _ 

INSECT MAN (50* from Jim Conatser, 113 N. Booth St., 
Dubuque, IA 52001): A minicomic of the food chain. Insect Man 
eats and in turn gets eaten, though the sequence is rather more 

complex than that. Cute. (M-8/MG) _ 

□IRREVERENT ADVENTURES OF ROXXIE ($3 from Rox-o-tro- 
nic, 2060 3rd St., Berkeley, CA 94710): A collection of cartoons from 
Roxxie of GIRL JOCK zine. She deals in lesbian humor, some 
accessible to outsiders, others (such as the cartoon based on being 
a "butch pig") relatively opaque. Funny stuff, skewering mannerisms 
and political corre ctness and other foibles equally. (D-33/MG) 

□ISKANDER ($1.50 from Jason Lutes, Penny Dreadful Press, Box 
#979, 2 College St, Providence, RI 02903): A minicomic with a lovely 
color cover. Inside, the plot concerns a dog who has died in an 
Islamic country, and two boys discussing whether or not he will go 

to Heaven. Very o dd, actually. (M-24/MG) _ 

□I TRAVEL #2 ($1 & a stamp from Lunkhead Comics, 504 W. 
24th #1, Austin, TX 78705): A strange comic featuring Reality Man, 
who for some reason wears a bag over his head. He steps into a 
dream pore while on his way to get some eats in this issue, and 
gets assaulted by s omething like the Platonic ideal o f food. (S-16/MG) 










































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□JOHN THE DEAD #1 (50* from Randy Watts, Huge Comics, 
4618 Famham Ave., Dayton, OH 45420): The start of a new 
minicomics series featuring a lead character who is, yes, dead. He 
starts out on the other side, but gets sent to earth and is now 
wandering around, still dead but thinking and mobile. Weird. 
(M-16/MG) 

□JON DOUGH #1 (75* from LBNPHISP, 711 W. 20th St., Tulsa, 
OK 74107): A comic featuring the titular detective, who has spliced 
some flour into his DNA. As a result he can rework his face as 
situations demand: Charlie Chan, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie 
Brown...the possibilities are endless, and spawn plenty of bad puns 
on the way. (D-16 /MG) _ 

THE JOY OF LEXICONOGRAPHY ($ITHE JOY OF 
LEXICONOGRAPHYQOY](45[cents] from Amy Frushour, 1311 Chest¬ 
nut Lane, Temperance, MI 48182): A fun little mini using words and 
pictures to describe the weird images we get from the English 
language. For example, "Paradise Flosssed" and "Paradise Retained" 
are depicted as mo uths with teeth and braces. Cleve r stuff. (M-7/CG) 
KARNO'S KLASSICS POSTER ISSUE #33 (75* & 29* postage 
from PO Box 32292, Tucson, AZ 85751): A selection of mini-posters 
from the pen of Kjartan Amorsson. I enjoyed the one of Albert 
Einstein promoting the Association for the Annoyance of Stupid 
People Harassing Others with Lesser Intelligence, as well as the 

"Become Kamo's Slave" one. (S-6/MG) _ 

KARNO'S KLASSICS SPECIAL #6-7 ($2.75 from Kjartan Amors- 
son, PO Box 32292, Tucson, AZ 85751): A two-part special "Tag-Team 
Jam", featuring a batch of underground cartoonists and their 
characters wreaking mayhem on one another. Incredible amounts of 
violence, bizarre escapes from cliffhanger pages, and berserk 
characterization ar e the order of the day. Goo fun . (S-24/MG) 
□KILLER KITTY #1 ($1 from Media Queen, 8825 Roswell Rd. 
#474, Atlanta, GA 30350): This is a nasty little children's tale about 
three misbehaving bunnies who end up getting ripped limb from 
limb by the Big Black Cat. Drawn in prison by convicted killers GJ 
Schaefer, Bill Weber and Moose DenBleyker, the art is a bit primitive. 

(D-12/MG) __ 

KING-CAT COMICS AND STORIES #26 (35* plis 52* postage 
from John Porcellino, 1954 Brookside Ln., Hoffman Est., IL 60194): 
More strange dreams from John Porcellino, from scary thoughts 
inspired by war to public nudity and other embarrassing situations. 
There's also another installment of the Mark Trail watch and a free 
"Paranoid Comix" mini insert. (D-16 & M-12/MG) 

KIWI AND GUNNER #2 ($1.25 from Renee Maciejewski, 1235 
Longmeadow Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30144): Bizarre little tale of two 
lovers of animal-extraction who grapple with devils inside of her 
and true love inside of him. I hope by missing the first issue I 
haven't missed the gist of this —it's a bit eery and somewhat sad, 
a kind of maudlin Krazy Kat and Ignatz. (D-12/CG ) 

□KURTZ THE KAT (50* from Mickey Dubrow, PO Box 674948, 
Marietta, GA 30067-0007): Remember all the slapdash cartoon violence 
in Tom and Jerry? Well, Kurtz puts that cat to shame. This is pages 
of him hacking, shooting and otherwise killing rats, and when he 
kills them, they stay dead. I read it over dinner, but most people 

will likely find it a bit unsettling. (D-8/MG) _ 

L'ECHO DES CHANTIERS #8 ($1 (?) from Kurt Beaulieu, 4230 
Pierre de Coubertin #9, Montreal, QC, HIV 1V4, CANADA): Comics 
of paranoid relationships and mental breakdowns. Kurt draws people 
with staring eyes and psychotic energy emanating from their heads, 
lost in worlds that make no sense. Weird. (S-4/MG ) 

LER'IAN & AURORYA "Beginning the Holidays In Bed" ($2.50 
& Age Statement from Dr. Agon, PO Box 1282, Fort Collins, CO 
80522): A comic adventure featuring Dr. Agon's favorite aliens, the 
bisexual hermaphroditic furry dragons from the planet Polymarinus. 
They start off on a routine bit of engineering, but end up in bed 
with some extremely intriguing imaginary appendages poking at one 

another. (S-22/MG)___ 

□MARTYRMAN #1-7 (35[cents] each from Amy Frushour, 1311 
Chestnut Lane, Temperance, MI 48182): Comics beget comics. Taking 
the cue from her small press pals, Amy's created a superhero type 
who uses guilt as his deadly weapon (it works). Along with his 
sarcastic MTV-watching sidekick, Marty tangles with monsters, cops, 
and blind dates. Gets better as it goes along, and the stick figures 
actually work for this one. Great line: "Cartoons. Love 'em, but 


don't take any cra p from 'em." (MM-8/CG) _ 

□MIKE THE POD COMIX #0.0 ($1 from The Official Cult of 
Mike the Pod, 33 Beech Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452): Setting aside 
the fact that Mike the Pod is a cult and a not very clear cut cult, 
this is a fine comic with some pretty talented people on their side. 
It's mostly made up of collegiate escapades, but the kind you 
remember and wish you had written down when you were there 
(like the bruiser you accidentally woke up when you thought it was 
your friend's door you were knocking on). One that stands above 
the rest is "I Was A Middle-Aged Cabbage Patch Kid," which should 
bring more than a chuckle or two. (S-30/CG) 

□MINE, DAMMIT! #1 ($1 from Jeff Harris, Box 308, Cape 
Neddick, ME 03902): Jeff has some amusing ideas and a rough but 
serviceable style, and this mini works well. Besides some stuff that' 
just strange, he does some strips about the planet and what we're 
doing to it, plus some self-referential work about being a cartoonist. 

(M-24/MG) __ 

□MINK ($1 from Jason Lutes, Box #979, 2 College St., Providence, 
RI 02903): A wordless microcomic featuring a rather feral looking 
mink—this is not some "funny animal" book. After a good meal of 
furry woodland critters, it settles down for a nap. Includes color 

covers. (MM-24/MG)_ ' 

□MURDER #1 ($2 from Experimental Productions, RD #1 Box 
249, Creekside, PA 15732-9730): This comic features alliterative 
dialogue, detective movie cliches,and pretty primitive pictures. It 
features Dr. Lowlife as a detective, trying to figure out who killed 

the butler. (D-12/MG)_ 

NATURE AND SPIRIT ($2 (?) from B.N. Duncan do BEFP, 
2425 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704): This is a bit of a departure 
for Bruce, a celebration of life on earth, the wonders of the animal 
kingdom, and the omnipresent divine spark. Bruce draws animals 
and tags them with bits of philosophicaL-wonder, my fave being 
the platypus captioned "I never get over how strange ft is to be a 

part of creation." (S-24/MG) _ 

NEAR FICTION #3 (75* from Jason Lutes, Penny Dreadful Press, 
Box #979, 2 College St., Providence, RI 02903): A minicomic with 
lovely art and a very confusing plot. There's a grumpy guy and his 
daughter, a burning house, a bum with strange dreams and strangers 
on a train. Perhaps some day all these plot threads will come 
together; meanwhi le, it's a real head-scratcher. (M -24/MG) 

□NIGHT'S CHILDREN "Foreplay" ($6.45 & Age Statement from 
Fantaco, 21 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12210-1391): This is the preview 
edition for a coming 4-book miniseries about vampires in the modern 
world. It looks quite promising. Wendy Snow Lang draws with 
white and gray on black paper for a unique look, and her plot ideas 
are oddball and in triguing. Comes with a poster. (S016/MG) 

□NO! #1 ($2 CASH & Age Statement from 116 W. Desert View, 
Barstow, CA 92311): Oddball comics that range from eating mashed 
potatoes to funny animals on the lam to women prostituting 
themselves for monkeys. There's a dreamy quality to much of Stymie 
Baldwin's work here, and one never knows what plot complication 
might lie around t he corner of the next page. (S-2 8/MG0 

□PIERCING O.D. (15* & a stamp from PO Box 481051, Los 
Angeles, CA 90048): I don't know where Carrie comes out with 
these strange ideas. This mini is all about Skud, a punk who starts 
out with a few simple tattoos, gets into them heavy duty, and then 
gets into the hard stuff—body piercing. (M-16/MG ) 

□PIRATE CORP$ #1-4 ($3 [except #3, $4] from Evan Dorkin, 
543 Van Duzer St. 2nd FI., Staten Island, NY 10304): This one, set 
in a mega-consumer society in the year 2674, has got to be one of 
the best things I've read since AMERICAN FLAGG went downhill. 
It's got mutant hockey players. Evil Businessmen, crazy robots, ska 
music, and lots more. #3 is fabulous, with the kids partying in 
Strummer's Mega Market, 20 square miles of shopping in a dystopia 
gone mad. From the brilliant twisted mind behind MILK AND 
CHEESE. I think you should all each buy lots of them. (S-28/MG) 
PLASTIC FORKS #4-5 ($4.95 from Epic Comics, 387 Park Ave. 
S, New York, NY 10016): Final two issues of a very strange futuristic 
comic miniseries. There's a lot going on here, wild cobbled together 
baloons, heavy weaponry, a daring rescue from a secret vivisection 
facility and more. Ted McKeever's art is great, somewhat like John 
Bergin's, full of ac tion and color and shudders. (S -60/MG) 

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Amorsson, PO Box 32292, Tucson, AZ 85751): Homy, extraordinarily 
endowed, anthropomorphic animals live and love in the same randy 
household. What separates this comic from the amateurish sex comics 
with animals is the clear cut enjoyment and respect the characters 
have for themselves and each other. They also learn a few lessons 
about getting along with others along the way. Check out Kjartan's 
freedom editorial f or another lesson. (S-20/CG) 

□THE PROTECTORS #1 (75* from Starlight Comix, 1 David Ln. 
#4A, Yonkers, NY 10701): Another group of costumed superheroes 
with personal problems. To be fair, they do develop a good deal 
of personality in this issue, but the art is too dark for the minicomics 
page, and so far they don't stand out from all the other clowns in 
leotards. (M-24/MG) 

PUSSY TIME #2 ($1.00 from Shaun Starks, [address?]): Don't be 
misled, this is not about a vaginal orifice. It's a stark comment on 
the state of the ghetto. When a rich passerby asks what the ghetto 
is like, he's attacked with a barrage of chilling answers—dopemen, 
guns, prostitution, and even a glossary. Unsettling . (D-13/CG) 

RAT FINK #2 ($2.50 from World of Fandom, 2525 W. Knollwood 
St., Tampa, FL 33614-4334): Yes, Big Daddy Roth's Rat Fink character 
is back, as drooling and fly-followed as ever. With Jeff Gaither and 
RJ Sloane working on the art, this is a lovely collection of Rat Fink 
material, rife with crazy hot rods and anti-social beh avior. (S-44/MG) 

RED SHETLAND #3 ($2.75 from Graph Xpress, PO Box 32292, 
Tucson, AZ 85751): Red Shetland, the barbarian pony large-breasted 
sword-fighting she-warrior (or something like that) is back. In this 
issue she starts out flipping burgers for a living (hey, even barbarian 
sword-ladies need to eat) but soon becomes involved in an attempt 
to stop the nefarious mind behind Burger Czar from taking over 
the world. Weird and funny stuff. (S-32/MG) 

□REV. ABLACK #6 (75* from Starlight Comics, 1 David Ln. #4A, 
Yonkers, NY 10701): Though the theme here is a bit hackneyed 
(Ablack is the Antichrist, on his return to earth) the artwork by 
Christopher and Lee Erwin is excellent. In this issue Ablack is in a 
coma and developing stigmata on Earth, while his soul is getting 
schooled by Lucife r in Hell. (M-20/MG) _ 

□ROGER FNORD #1 ($2.50 & Age Statement from S.E. Mills, 
PO Box 18679, Indianapolis, IN 46218): Roger is a "sex-crazed time 
traveller" from the 23rd century. In this first issue he goes back to 
the 20th century and meets up with Cecelia Reynolds, who also has 
voracious sexual appetites. Bondage, food sex, bathtub sex, oral sex, 
and more. (D-28/MG)_ 

□THE ROLE MODEL ($1 from Kel M. Crum, 2031 Balmoral Ct., 
Columbus, OH 43229): A cute comic about the joys of having goals 
and being politically correct. I don't want to give away the plot, 
but Kel has the nineties pegged, and the art here is enough to make 
it amusing in a co mic strippish way. (D-20/MG) 

ROTTEN PEACHES #4 (50* & Age Statement from Mickey 
Dubrow, PO Box 674948, Marietta, GA 30067-0007): The front’of this 
adults-only comic is a bondage fantasy, but inside the main story 
has Boytoy dealing with a rapist. And deal with him she does, in 
a graphic and non -nonsense fashion. (D-12/MG) 

ROUND HOUSE COMICS #5 (50* from Victor Gates, 552 
Lancelot Dr., North Salt Lake, UT 84054-2230): Victor continues his 
minicomic series about Alan and Lois, the young, in-love couple at 
the center of this story about Big Beautiful Women. The Mormons 
come into it too, as Victor explores a number of relationships 


somewhat out of the ordinary. (M-16/MG) 

SATAN COMIX #3 ($3.00 + Age Statement from Benjamin 

Smith, 607A Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117): Cunning comics 
mix with verse offering satire and silliness (more of the former than 
the latter). The devil incarnate becomes Bush, Schwartzkopf, 
Powell—the lyrics become "Send in the Gowns." Later on the poems 
become less witty but still poke holes in the same t enets. (D-48r/CG) 

□THE SCIENCE AND RELIGION AS ARTBOOK #1-2 ($3 (?) 
from Jason W. Homer, The Myth Factory, 1655 Oakwood Dr. N-122, 
Penn Valley, PA 19072-1017): A collection of short strips and longer 
stories combining science, creation, humor, art and religion. There 
are dancing DNA molecules, data points holding hands on a graph, 
right triangles, evolution and lots more patterns in these books. 
Cheerful, upbeat a nd even a bit educational. (S-80 /MG) 

□SMALL PRESS INTERVIEW #3 (75* from Lee Erwin, Starlight 
Comics, 1 David Ln. #4-A, Yonkers, NY 10701): This one is more 
text than art, but since ifs an interview with comics artist Brad 
Foster, I guess it belongs here. Brad talks about working in the 
small press, making a living, what he likes to draw, why people 
think he only does dirty pictures, and more. Quite informative and 
entertaining. (M-36r/MG) 

SHORTOONZ #6 ($1.50 & Age Statement from Dan W. Taylor, 
1833 Guntle Rd., New Lebanon, OH 45345): A minicomic featuring 
both Dan's own Bad Girl and Robert Outlaw's Olivia. Actually, 
Olivia has most of the book, with a modern adaptation of Little 
Red Riding Hood as the subject. Charming and rather topheavy, as 
well as a bit salaci ous. (M-24/MG) _ 

SKUZZ BUTTS #IX-X (75* from Nullification Presentations, 1998 
Huntington, Grosse Pte. Woods, MI 48236-1918): More comics 
featuring those wacky guys. Hale and Fred—a pair of working class 
bozos, although Fred occasionally wanders off into philosophical 
realms. They talk about everything from sex to death, relentlessly 
tearing apart life's illusions and then getting drunk to build them 
back up again. (D-8/MG) 

□SMILEYGUY #1 (25* & a stamp from Casey Burns, PO Box 
100, Flat Rock, NC 28731): The Matt Feazell influence is fairly obvious 
in this stick-figure mini, with Smileyguy and Solemnman being 
introduced amid some strange dimension-hopping. But it's still fun, 
the price is right, and the mini format works fine for the plot. 
(M-8/MG) 

□SO YOU WANNA GET A TATTOO ($1 from Kel M. Crum, 
2031 Balmoral Ct., Columbus, OH 43229): A comic featuring Kel's 
suburban young lady, who in this issue decides to get a tattoo. This 
causes a few problems, especially when it turns out to be a talking 
tattoo. Weird. (P-1 6/MG) __ 

STARLIGHT SUPERHEROES #6-7 (75* from Starlight Comics, 1 
David Ln. #4-A, Yonkers, NY 10701): Cute little superhero 
minicomics, with silly plots and decent art. #6 features a character 
who is half-Aunt, half-ant and the Human Eggbeater. #7 has Nazi 
Robots, Captain W happo, and the FishMan. (M-2Q /MG) 

STICKBOY #4 ($2.95 from Revolutionary Comics, 519 University 
Ave. #103, San Diego, CA 92103): Weird Dennis Worden comics 
about a cast of characters including Stickboy, a blockhead, and a 
burnt flying marshmallow. They all get real existential and worry 
about the crap going on in the world. Deep philosophy with some 
record reviews at the end. (S-36/MG) 

THE STORY OF BABY AQUA #2 ($1 from Rodd Marcus, 61 E. 

8th St. #188, New York, NY 10003): A wild and wooly 
comic with a lead character who is a Thalidomide baby 
with flippers for hands and strange eyes. In this issue 
he leads a revolt at the circus freak show. Very bizarre 
stuff, suitable for confusing and offending plenty of 
people, but with a crazy attitude thafs pretty attractive. 
(M-28/MG) __ 

□STRIPPER'S LAMENT ($$3 from Kalynn Campbell, 
PO Box 1168-564, Studio City, CA 91604): A sketchbook 
of strippers, starting off with some classic Betty Page 
poses and getting somewhat stranger as it proceeds. 
Stuff with a fifties sensibility, from a time before the 
idea of political correctness was invented, saucy and 
light. (D-16/MG) __ 

□SUPER JIG-A-LO (50[cents] from David Lasky, 403 
8th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118): Taking love story 




































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comic art and replacing his own dialogue for the original, David's 
created his own inventive plot line. Poor Janice has a rather 
unfortunate genital situation that leaves her lovers in the hospital. 
She's met her match with Super Jig-A-Lo. 'Nuff said. Pretty unique. 

Her father is the best character. (M-18/CG) _ 

THEME COMICS #3A ($1.75 & 2 stamps from S. Minstrel, 730 
Chicago, San Antonio, TX 78210-5110): And the theme is...cows. 
There's beefcake here, and straight cow pictures, and Frankencow, 
and a cow getting milked by a UFO, and even three or four pages 
of math on how fast a cow would have to run to jump over the 

moon. Well done. (S-22/MG) _ 

THRILL KILL BILL V (75* & Age Statement from Nullification 
Presentations, 1998 Huntington, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236- 
1918): Bill is what you might call an anti-social individual. In this 
issue he barges into a doctor's office, offs the doc, rapes the patient 
and the nurse before getting into a small altercation with a passing 
cop. Lots of action, great drawing, but surely not an uplifting 

experience. (M-8/MG)_ 

□TIME FILE (50* from William Dockery, 2108 15th Ave., Phenix 
City, AL 36867): Moe confusing minicomics from PD Wilson. This 
one involves time travel, ancient Celtic mythology, toxic waste and 
who knows what else, all crammed into panels the size of a 

matchstick. (M-l 66 /MG) _ 

TOONS FROM HELL Vol. 3 ($1 from Scoats, 5153 Saul St., 
Philadelphia, PA 19124-1919): To call this stuff "graphically primitive" 
is rather charitable. Pinky and Gloveman are walking hands in a 
world where perspective doesn't quite work. Here they continue 
their chase after t he mysterious Elvis. (D-14/MG) 

TWISTED IMAGE #27 ($1 from Ace Backwords, 1630 University 
Ave. #26, Berkeley, CA 94703): If you don't get enough Ace 
Backwords comics here and in other zines, you can mainline them 
direct from the source. In addition to the latest barbs from hfs pen, 
Ace publishes the occasional opinion piece, reviews and letters from' 

his fans and reade rs. (S-8/MG) _ 

UNSCENE COMICS #23 ($1 (?) from Wall-ter, PO Box 111, 
Lebanon, KY 40033): This one is getting less comics-like as Wall-ter 
gets further embroiled in the current mail art holy war. Fie does 
still print some strips and cartoons, but the bulk of UNSCENE has 
become a place for the various artists involved to attack one another. 

(D-20/MG) _ 

U-PEOPLE ($3.00 from Nice Day Comix, 911 Park St., SW., Grand 
Rapids, MI 49504-6241): A digest-sized comic with that old Marvel 
feel to it. That is, the characters have flaws and idiosyncracies just 
like the rest of us. The story is a little hazy, but involves a U-Person 
(alien/human types) whose face is so damaged she has to wear a 
leather mask, a leader who prefers to stay alone and swim, and an 
android who feels used by the humans. See, I told you it had a 

Marvel feel to it. I liked it. (D-16/CG) _ 

□UT: BOOK ONE: LIFE ($5.50 from_?): A comic anthology 

of the parts of life many of us would like to forget. They resemble 
"Ernie Pook's Comeek" in some ways, mainly in that self-defeating, 
nobody-likes-me kind of way. There are tales from the horror of 
school days,scary stories, summer camp memories, skipping school, 
the value of being an artist and lots more. Very creative even with 

a little sad-sack to ne. (HL-52/CG) _ 

VAE NATIBUS COMICS #2 ($4 from 1417 2a St. NW, Calgary, 
Alberta, T2M 2X5, CANADA): This stuff is greatl I particularly enjoyed 
Kevin Kurytnik's "Mr. Reaper" series, featuring the minion of death 
encountering others at a bus stop. There is a strip on Zen and the 
Art of Self Abuse, plus Larry, Curly and Moses getting the word 

of god. Peculiar in deed. (D-40/MG) _ 

□VENETIAN FERNS #1 (35* & a sta,p from Diego Kirsch, PO 
Box 104, Athens, GA 30603): A collage comic made up of faces and 
dialogue lifted bodily from other comics, naturally it makes no sense 

at all. (M-8/MG)_ 

VIGILANTE #3 (55[cents] from POBox 1694, Phenix City, AL 
36867): Still pretty violent plot about a sharpshooter going after the 
Big Boss in the quest to outdo crime, but it's less racist than in the 
past and the plot seems to be getting more surreal. To be honest, 
it's a little too reduced to really get into the art or the dialogue. 

(M-6/CG)__ 

□WAR IS PEACE ($1 from Brad Johnson/JLN, PO Box 411172, 
San Francisco, CA 94141-1172): A minicomic taking place in a 


post-holocaust world, with a couple still trying to live a normal life 
as they drive down a deserted highway. Sort of the condensed 
"Damnation Alley", though with less violence and more pathos. 

(M-l 6/MG)_ 

□WILD CREATURES #1 ($1 from Med Bob, Rt. 4 Box 5680, 
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805): A new comic from Travis Truelove. This 
first issue is the traditional "origin" story, explaining just where 
these mutant animals came from, how they got to be the size of 
humans, and why they surf and skate. Meanwhile, cross town the 
bad mutant animal s are getting their act together too. (ST2/MG) 
□THE WILDE STUFF COMIC BOOK ($4 (?) from Chuck Dodson, 
PO Box 1799, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130): Dodson has a thick, 
confusing, melting blending style that is quite distinctive, with things 
reaching between panels and almost out of the page altogether. 
There are hal;f a dozen or so stories here, from the first moments 
of freedom for a tennis ball to the tale of a preadolescent kid being 
exploited. Weird and in some spots dangerously pow erful. (S-88/MG) 
WOTTA PLANET! #1 ($1 (?) from James Rubino, Internal 
Perceptions, PO Box 8064, Pembroke Pines, FL 33084): A selection 
of editorial cartoons and politically oriented strips, most from a 
Christian, mildly conservative point of view. Rubino wonders why 
funding statues of Christ is wrong but funding blasphemous art is 
right, looks at putdowns of people, and attacks TV, among other 
topics. Art's a bit shaky but on the way tc developing a distinctive 

style. (D-24/MG) ___ 

XENOPHOBIC~KNIVES #2 (75* & 29* postage from Starhead 
Comix, PO Box 30044, Seattle, WA 98103): A strange comic from 
Steve Willis, mutating from plot to plot just about once a panel. It 
starts off with Morty Dog, and ends with a handful of spermatozoa, 

with plenty of changes between. (M-12/MG)_ 

YENDIE #2 ($2.50 from PO Box 18679, Indianapolis, IN 46218): 
The "little monster with an attitude" is~T)ack, as artist S.E. Mills 
continues to explore the pent-up ethnic wars between the Wingriders 
and the Wildcritters at the high school they both inhabit. Neat story 
line and original characters make this one a lot of fun, with all the 
bands and pranks you could want, and plenty of backbiting—just 
like I remember high sc hool being. (S-40/MG) 

YET ANOTHER~SING ALONG WITH GEKO MINI COMIC (50* 
from PO Box 481051, Los Angeles, CA 90048): Hard to say a lot 
more about this one than the title does. Geko is a dark punk band 
out in LA, and this mini illustrates the lyrics to one of their 
songs—"The Little Mourner", about a small kid at his parents' 

funeral. (M-8/MG)____ 

□YOUNG LUST#7~(^from Last Gasp Eco-Funnies, PO Box 
410067, San Francisco, CA 94141): After a ten year gap, YOUNG 
LUST has returned to the fold of underground comics. Everything 
from censorship to chauvinism gets it in this tour of sexual follies 
and foibles. The best parts include a romance between Betty Page 
and Kim II Sung (dreamed up by Kinney & Mavrides), the 
unexpurgated lyrics to "Frankie and Johnny", and Spain's "The 

Sexist". (S-44/MG) __,__ 

□ZOMBOY!! ($1 from Danny V.D Dungen, Zeehondehplaat 9, 
4301 WV Zierikzee, NETHERLANDS): A comic of skating, gore, 
curiously relaxed dogs and other subject? The main attraction here 
is Danny's careful style, a bit reminiscent of Brad Foster's with lots 

of careful dot sha ding. (M-16/MG) _ 

ZZ TOP/MOJO NIXON ($2.50 plus postage from Revolutionary 
Comics, 591 University Ave. #103, San Diego, CA 92103): A strange 
combination, but these here are the comic biographies of these 
esteemed recording artists. The retelling of the ZZTop story is 
interesting and fun (because you know it's pretty factual and it's a 
comic), but the Mojo story tops them all. It's actually authorized 
and even narrated by Mojo himself (he's raised a notch on my 
respect scale). It turns out he's the illegitimate son of Richard and 
Pat, and he somehow incorporates almost all of his top singles into 
the saga (Debbie Gibson, Elvis, etc.). (S-40/CG) 

COMICS NOTES 

•Jabberwocky Graphix (PO Box 165246, Irving, TX 75016) has a 
new catalog out, mainly of Brad Foster erotic work but including 
some other stuff a s well. $1.25 a nd age statement gets you a copy. 


































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Electronic Frontier 


FACTSHEET FIVE #42 


ON THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER 


COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS 

Yes, we've finally taken the plunge and started reviewing BBS 
systems here in FF, with the help of Angela Gunn, who has joined 
our staff for just this purpose. Naturally, we're looking for the ones 
that stand out from the pack. This is no doubt just a small sample 
of what is out there. We would love to hear about other boards 
we should review. To get a BBS reviewed. You should leave a 
message for "Soph" on the A*C*E BBS, at 518-479-2051. Don't hit 
RETURN before you get a prompt when you sign on! 

•FRED THE COMPUTER (508-872-8461, 2400 N-8-1) More eclectic 
than the usual compubrew—the sysop's a columnist at the Middlesex 
News and downloads the daily headlines, weirdness from the wire 
services, and anything else he thinks you need (recipes, the 
Declaration of Independence, his columns). Several unusual, small 
and smart discussions here. The media discussion group (sig) has 
a discussion of the Pamela Smart murder trial framed in socioeco¬ 
nomic terms; the main computer-oriented sig is throwing around 
discussion of the big online services like CompuServe. The (less 
active) Letters sig is for the moment war-oriented and tilts to the 
right of center (a lot of patronizing Iraqi-bashing last time I looked). 
Fun collection of computer folklore. Worth your dime. 

•GREENPEACE ENVIRONET (415-512-9108, 2400 N-8-1) Primarily 
a news line and network for eco-activists, this BBS provides a good 
source of news and contacts for Greenpeace activity around the 
world. Several specialized sigs provide information on Antarctica, 
paper and pulp, marine watches and other Greenpeace concerns. 
Questions to these sigs appear to receive well-thought-out and useful 
answers on scientific questions as well as advice on courses of action. 
Recommended for anyone active for environmental issues or 
generally dissatisfied with the state of earth-reporting; activists may 
find it useful for keeping up on faraway actions. The board is 
remarkably non-regional. 

•THE ILLUMINATI (512-447-4449, 2400 N-8-1) Big fun in the 
cyber world. Along with myriad games in various stages of testing, 
this board has important archives on its shutdown by Secret Service 
agents early in 1990. (The board's principals were accused of interstate 
larceny and their computer equipment was seized and held by the 
Feds—apparently it's illegal to give a description of modem transfer 
protocols online in the Land of the Free?) Now that it's back, 
registered membership is well over 1,000, and the sysop has made 
available the affadavits and legal papers filed by the Secret Service. 
Essential history for any BBSer, even worth withstanding the 
miserable auto-scroll for. On the lighter side, there are SubG goodies 
and Star Trek parodies to be had, and a screamingly funny 
pan-religious ("they're ALL good enough for me!") hymn. Pity it's 
not downloadable, but some pleasures needs must be fleeting. 

•MOFO EX MACHINA (212-764-3834, 1200 N-8-1) In case you 
missed the Penn and Teller BBS number when they did the 1987 
MTV awards, here we go again, and with all those old files relatively 
non-updated. A few minor stunts are outlined for you junior-level 
swindlers, and the dynamic duo throw a little attitude (with their 
imaginary friends and Mofo the Psychic Gorilla. Unfortunately, 
neither Penn nor Teller seems to have dropped in for several months. 
But log in with a friend watching and let P&T delete your hard disk 
for you. Just say Mofo. 

•OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH BBS (212-385-2034, 
1200/2400 N-8-1) A good idea, though usage is light—this bulletin 
board covers occupational hazards for artists (i.e., toxic chemicals, 
biohazards, etc.). The contributors thus far have been mostly 
academic types with backgrounds in chemistry. However, a few 
laypeople seem to have found the board and dared to ask about 
the chemicals they work with, and the answers they've gotten have 
been thorough and relatively nontechnical (and, I presume, helpful). 
OSHA postings on regulations are also made available. Just in case 
you ever wondered. 

•SOUND DOCTRINE (303-680-7209, 2400 N-8-1) A Colorado- 
based Christian BBS featuring a newsletter and many sermons. Get 
saved online or just chat. The co-sysops of this boards also run a 
highly, well, involved prayer group (don't call it a cult) and have a 
few beefs with rock music, feminists, psychology and non¬ 
fundamentalist Protestant Christianity. There is a women's sig 
(Adam's Rib) which seems to be genuinely supportive of women 


who are in some way isolated from religious communities. Copies 
of many sermons and other files are available for downloading. Let 
it be noted that, though the system said all questions on the user 
registration were optional, I wasn't allowed to pass without revealing 
my "affiliation." 

SOFTWARE 

•I will review IBM-PC compatible software personally, and have 
reviewers for Macintosh, Amiga, Apple II and Adam software, so 
if you know of any interesting programs for these machines, please 
put them in touch with FF. 

We've fallen behind on reviewing non-IBM shareware, a condition 
which should be corrected with the next issue. Honest. Well, we're 
trying. 

Where programs are written by a member of the Association 
of Shareware Professionals we've made a special note in these 
reviews. The ASP is a group of shareware authors who adhere to 
minimum standards, including good documentation, non-crippled 
programs, user support and participation in the ASPs problem-me¬ 
diation service. Watch for the [ASP] after reviews. 

For more information on shareware, check out the book review 
of Rob Rosenberger's SHAREWARE in FACTSHEET FIVE #37. 

Where indicated, you can download these programs from the FF 
BBS at 518-479-3879; they are also available on the A*C*E system 
at 518-479-2051. A*C*E is a subscription system, 75* per hour after 
your first half hour, but it does support 9600 baud V.32 downloading. 

•ADDITOR ($30 from Inverted-A Inc., 401 Forrest Hill, Grand 
Prairie, TX 75051): This is an add-in for the popular BRIEF test 
editor, giving it some of the capabilities of a spreadsheet. Additor 
operates easily and simply: you put the cursor in a number, run a 
macro, and that number gets added to or subtracted from a 'running 
accumulator. Other macros allow adding whole columns or rows 
and of course putting the total back into the document. It works 
easily and after a minute or two it is nearly intuitive to use. (IBM) 

•ANIMaxx ($37.95 until June 1; $63.95 after June 1 from North 
Coast Software, PO Box 343, Barrington, NH 03825): We looked at 
this software in a beta test version, but now the commercial release 
is here. ANIMaxx is an animation package for MicroSoft Windows, 
at an incredibly reasonable price. It comes with a whole bunch of 
demos, which show that it does have great potential for sharp 
images. It can animate Autodesk Animator .FLI files as well as .BMP 
and .DIB files, and the command language is quite simple; I was 
able to get an animation of my own going after about thirty minutes 
in the Windows Paintbrush program. For anyone considering 
multimedia and wondering where the money is going to come from, 
this package is a must-have. (IBM) 

•BASSMAP vl.2 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration $10 from 
Nels Anderson, 92 Bishop Dr., Framingham, MA 01701): This is a 
rather specialized shareware utility. It's a map editor for BassTour 
and BassClass, a pair of shareware fishing simulation games. If you 
have them, you probably already want to make your own lakes; if 
not, you should probably take a look at this after you've started 
with them. (IBM)ASP 

•C.A.R.S. v.2.2 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration $40 from 
Cybernetic Software, PO Box 3594, Skokie, IL 60076): The acronym 
is for "Complete Automobile Reporting System", and this is a 
program designed to track to expenses of owning your cars, whether 
it be one auto for personal use or a corporate fleet. It's a specialized 
database with a few extra functions, such as calculating mileage, 
built in, that can help you with planning, taxes, and so on. Not a 
great thrill graphically, but fast and functional. (IBM)[ASP] 

•CIPHER V2.0 (Shareware on FF BBS; registered version $15 
from Nels Anderson, 92 Bishop Dr., Framingham, MA 01701): This 
is a computer analog of the cipher puzzle games found in most 
newspapers, usually on the comics page—you know, where 
"factsheet" gets transmutated to "gprmtlaam" and you have to 
unscramble it. Runs in EGA, VGA or text mode, and supports a 
mouse as well. But does this pastime really need to be done 
high-tech? (IBM)[ASP] 

•DADA TENNIS #1-2 ($10 from Bill Paulauskas, Dream State, 
PO Box 10, Woodhaven, NY 11421): A surrealist disk magazine, and 
one of the best things I can think of to do with your Amiga. DADA 
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3232), and its many contributors are to be well praised. The 
presentation as well as the material is extremely well done, though 
not seamless. The experience is conveyed very effectively through 
words, sound and visuals, and though I'd like to see even more 
art, it's easy to be drawn in. The stories are well-written, jarring 
your brain with unexpected associations; sometimes making you stop 
and reconsider, sometimes evoking laughter, doing both a good 
portion of the time. In places the writing is out and out 
hilarious—more than once I felt dumb by laughing out loud with 
no one in the house. Contributors of writing, art, or sound 
experiments get the next issue free. A great project; I'm impressed. 
(Amiga) [Guest review by James Barnett] 

•Daniels Poetry ($2 from Dan Adams, PO Box 376, Cameron, 
WI 54822): This is actually a collection of poems on disk, together 
with a simple batch-file driven interface to view them with. Dan 
writes about everything from young love to "The Vagina" to the 
horrors of war. The idea of packaging this on disk is interesting, 
and doesn't seem to hurt the readability of the material any. He 
also includes a few public-domain graphics demos on the diskette. 
Add $1 for 3 1/2" diskette. (IBM) 

•FPLAN 2.0 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration $30 from First 
Financial Software, PO Box 592957, Orlando, FL 32859-2967): This 
is a program designed to help you plan your personal finances, 
even if your life is pretty complex. It's set up for people who are 
on a standard, more or less middle class track through life: working 
at a decent job, owning insurance, saving for the future and so on. 
It can help you budget for everyday expenses, determine how much 
life insurance you should carry, investigate the impact of taxes and 
inflation on your future, and so on. It also has a spot to hold your 
insurance information so that it can be easily found if it's needed. 
(IBM)[ASP] 

•GRAB Plus Version 6.0 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration 
$54.95 from ZPAY Payroll Systems, 2526 69th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 
FL 33712): This is the latest incarnation of this memory-resident 
envelope printing program, designed to get its addresses right off 
the screen of your word processor. Paul Mayer has been busy, and 
this is a major upgrade. It now supports style sheets for multiple 
printers, and includes TSR, command-line and Windows versions, 
including the GRABDB database program to hold your frequently- 
used addresses. It also has code built in to handle the standard 
PostNet barcodes that the Post Office is using, and to do graphics 
logos, as well as address labels. A fine package that works smoothly 
and easily. (IBM)[ASP] 

•Hyper MicroLife Plus (SASE for info from VaporWare, 115 15th 
St. W #3, Minneapolis, MN 55403) is a full-featured replacement for 
your current life. It includes on-line help, unlimited undo, an 
interactive debugger, virus protection and many more features. Looks 
like a winner. 

•LIFE FORMS ($16 from Charles Platt, PO Box 556, Chelsea Sta., 
New York, NY 10113): This is a nice little cellular automata gem. 
It comes pre-equipped with over 100 patterns, which display quickly 
and colorfully on the screen. It also has a life form editor which 
allows the user to make new versions without any complex math, 
just plugging in numbers for a few parameters and trying it out. 
Easy, fun, hypnotic, beautiful. (IBM) 

•MAH JONGG v. 3.4 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration $15 
from Nels Anderson, 92 Bishop Dr., Framingham, MA 01701): This 
is a colorful solitaire EGA/VGA implementation of the Chinese game. 
It involves a good deal of strategy to get all those little tiles off the 
screen; meanwhile, they sure do dress up the monitor. The rules 
are simple, but their application can keep you busy for a long time. 
Unfortunately, there were a handful of annoying hardware problems 
that kept me from really enjoying this one: the mouse sensitivity 
was set too low, with no way to change it; the opening screen 
produced a nasty flicker on my VGA (which fortunately went away 
when that screen did); worst of all, winning the game locked my 
whole system up. Still, that's the virtue of shareware, and if it works 
better on your computer this is one well worth looking at. (IBM)[ASP] 
•MANDELBROT 3 version 2.1 ($25 from Midnight Beach, 1805A 
Felt St., Santa Cruz, CA 95062): This is an update to the best of 
the Mandelbrot set programs for the IBM PC, and as such I was 
just going to mention it. Then I made the mistake of actually turning 
it on, and two hours later I'm tearing myself away long enough to 
write this review. Out of all the Mandelbrots on the market, this 
is the one that I keep coming back to, thanks to its combination of 
beauty, intuitive operation, and speed. It includes lots of nice little 


touches: mouse support, a slick install program, a fast drawing 
algorithm that sketches in parts of the set so that you can zoom in 
quickly on areas of interest, virtual memory, and exported picture 
files are a few of these. But frankly, it's the looks I love; the 256-color 
versions, with the color palettes madly cycling away, are hypnotic 
works of art, almost better than drugs. (IBM) 

•Steve Marsh (4602 Monterrey, Wichita Falls, TX 76310) has a 
great deal of fantasy role-playing material, dating back to the early 
D&D days, with an emphasis on his own fully-developed worlds, 
available on diskette. I'm not sure what he's doing for a pricing 
structure these days, or whether he's still running a PBM game, but 
designers and GMs with IBM-compatible computers should drop him 
a line. 

•MOUSE TOOLS vl.2 (Shareware on FF BBS; registered version 
$10 from Nels Anderson, 92 Bishop Dr., Framingham, MA 01701): 
Nels has written a couple of games using a mouse; this library will 
help you write your own without too much drudgery. Made for 
Turbo Pascal 5.5, the file includes source code for some sample 
programs (including an icon editor) plus all the routines you need 
to initialize and use a mouse in high resolution graphics modes. 
(IBM)[ASP] 

•POSTMODERN CULTURE. 1.2 ($6 from Box 8105 NCSU, 
Raleigh, NC 27695; also available for browsing on the FF BBS): This 
is an academic journal devoted to the study of postmodernism 
(broadly defined). It's distributed in diskette form as well as 
electronically over the internet; a microfiche version is also available. 
Contents range from Sartre to Satanism, serious to humorous, poetry 
to academic reviews. Includes pointers to a lot of other electronic 
journals as well, a cutting edge that the brave are exploring already. 
(IBM) 

•RECAP (Shareware on FF BBS; shareware for 1 disk and 85* 
postage or registration $15 from RK West Consulting, PO Box 8059, 
Mission Hills, CA 91346): This program does, one thing, and it does 
it well. That thing is to change the capitalization in DBase files. It 
can take any DBase file and change the data fields to all caps, all 
smalls, or just first letter capitals. It's quick, it does the job, and it 
sure can clean up after sloppy data entry. (IBM)[ASP] 

•RECURSIVE REALM 2.5 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration $20 
from Austin Software Design, PO Box 30133, Grand Junction, CO 
81503): This is the new release of this shareware fractal program 
which we previously reviewed. It still features flashy color, Julia set, 
Newton's method and magnetism simulations as well as the original 
Mandelbrot. New in this version are mappings for the final sets 
onto spherical surfaces and 3-d plates, as well as various other 
methods for transforming your images, including one that makes 
jigsaw puzzles of them. Registered users also get a free copy of 
MILLER, which displays dancing parametric equation plots on youi 
screen. (IBM)[ASP] 

•RTM (Shareware on FF BBS; registered version $30 from WetZoft 
Applications, 788 Martin Ct. W, Severn, MD 21144-2213): RTM stands 
for Resident Task Manager, and this is a cross between a calendar 
program and a project planner. RTM can hold up to 150 tasks and 
sort them by date, priority, and project—the latter field can be 
changed by the user to something else as well. It's got a pop-up 
calendar, an intuitive interface with full on-line help, and will swap 
to disk or EMS if made memory-resident. There are also two 
companion programs, CALRPT and CALTRV, which will make 
formatted calendar printouts from either RTM or Sidekick Plus. 
(IBM)[AS] 

•SEARCHLIGHT 2.0 is out. This is an upgrade to the BBS 
software we reviewed in the last issue. It now features unlimited 
message and file areas, increased speed, decreased size, better 
FidoNet support and multiline file descriptions. The full single user 
version is now $89 from PO Box 640, Stony Brook, NY 11790. 

•SHOOTING GALLERY v. 2.2 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration 
$15 from Nels Anderson, 92 Bishop Dr., Framingham, MA 01701): 
A VGA game which demonstrates just how lovely the graphics in 
that mode can be. It requires a mouse, which acts as your gun; it 
moves crosshairs on screen, and fires when you press the button. 
There are two carnival shooting galleries, two skeet shoots, two 
target practice/reaction time screens and as a finale a Wild West 
shootout. Version 2.2 adds more music and rounds off some rough 
edges of the command structure. One of the best VGA games 
around. (IBM)[ASP] 

•SUPERFLY v 1.1 (Shareware on FF BBS; registration $15 from 
Nels Anderson, 92 Bishop Dr., Framingham, MA 01701): Another 







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beautiful EGA/VGA game from Nels Anderson. This one features 
the player as a fly swatter up against a horde of flies (and occasional 
other bugs), but it's more than an action game. You also have to 
think about what you're doing, because the fly carcasses get in the 
way of winning as you go along. Beautiful graphics, fast action, 
three levels of play, and support for mouse, joystick and keyboard 
make this a definite winner. (IBM)[ASP] 

•TOTAL INVESTOR (Shareware on FF BBS; registered version 
$45 for 1-2-3 or $50 for Symphony): I can't actually review this one, 
since I lack the specialized knowledge and software to try it out, 
but I can at least let you know about it. Total Investor is designed 
for people interested in seriously managing their portfolio of 
securities. There are two different versions, one for use with Lotus 
1-2-3 and the other for Symphony. Either one will chart your stocks 
and help you make decisions based on technical indicators such as 
momentum or relative strength. Total Investor will keep track of 
historical prices, and can also be ordered with an add-in to retrieve 
prices automatically from Compuerve or Dow Jones News Retrieval. 
(IBM)[ASP] 

•Victoria ADAM User Group Smart Basic Pack (VAUG, do Karl 
Johanson, 4129 Carey Rd, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z-4G5 
CANADA. $15 digital data pack ape; $12 5 1/4" disk.) 

When Mike agreed to add ADAM software to the sorts being 
reviewed and to let me be the reviewer, he stated he did not expect 
to get any in as he had not heard any requests for such ever. I 
am very pleased to see that MY expectations, rather than his, were 
met & we have the first FF ADAM software review. 

Since Coleco abandoned the ADAM, most of the software 
developed for use on this versatile machine has come out of users 
groups such as the Victoria Adam Users Group & many many 
others. As with any hobbyist group, the quality varies widely, but 
the price is very low. This collection requires Smart Basic (tm), the 
ADAM version of Basic which everyone who has an ADAM should 
have. It includes 17 programs, of which 6 are games (Dungeon, 
Lrdungeon, Eliza, Reversi, Hilightrun, & LRlightrun) ); 1 is an 
advertisement for other software by this same group (Advert); 2 are 
doc files (explanatory text) for 2 of the games (Dungeondoc & 
LRDungdocs) ; the rest are graphics or something else. 

The games are interesting and fun to play, albeit rather 
rudimentary in today's market. Dungeon is a simple text adventure, 
a scaled-down variant on the "Advent" sort of game that was the 
rage when I was discovering computer games for the first time a 
decade ago. It runs well, even on the plain Adam that I have.(Many 
of the newer programs being written for the Adam assume the 
presence of expanded memory. It is nice to see a game that runs 
fast without that.) Lrdungeon is a more graphic game, being a 
low-resolution game of the pinball arcade sort. Eliza is the 
much-ballyhooed "pyschiatrist on a disk" program that allows you 
to "talk" to the computer & get back responses like "Tell me more 
about that" and "How does that make you feel." Reversi is a version 
of the game marketed in the US under the name Othello, altho the 
game itself is apparently world-wide and public domain. Hilightrun 
and LRlightrun make use of the game controllers and pit one 
opponent against another in completing colored lines on the screen. 

The advert is for Star Trek related games & graphics, which are 
also available from the same source at the same price. It shows a 
fair to middling "Enterprise" and the info on ordering same. 

The docs are a nice feature, as so many games are thrust onto 
the market without a hint of explanation, leaving the player to 
stumble along and try to puzzle it out on their own. 

The graphics do a good job of showing the capabilities of the 
ADAM, especially when hooked up to a color television and they 
go far beyond (he graphics programs provided by Coleco in its 
"Home Software Library" collection. That said, I found myself unable 
to get HI-RES to load from the tape and the fellow whom I loaned 
the disk to for checkout was unable to get LOWRES to load. I was 
also in a puzzle as to what LIFE was about, as it appeared to be 
a graphics program—but inputing the asked for variables did not 
result in any visible screen output. Other than these problems, I 
found the graphics programs interesting and enjoyable. Both Paul 
Russell, librarian for the MidSouth Adam Users Group & the person 
who put the disk through its paces, and I found a need for more 
docs on the graphics. A bit of explanation as to how this works 
and how to do something similiar would have been most welcome 
on the graphics programs. If we had taken the time to puzzle out 


the Basic program listings, we could perhaps have made more sense 
of these offerings, but a user should not have to read code to get 
maximum use from a program. 

One other quibble: Reversi was very easy to beat. I played it a 
dozen times and won every time. As I am not that good at Othello, 
I can only conclude that the program is even worse. Some 
improvement to this game would make the tape even more 
worthwhile. 

All in all, I would say this one is worth the cost, altho Paul 
states most users groups probably have many (if not all) of these 
programs already. If you are not hooked up with a user group and 
you have an Adam, this is one place to start acquiring software for 
our beloved orphan. (Adam)(Guest review by Tim Gatewood) 

★★★★★ 

And here's a few places you can get shareware if you're not 
fortunate enough to own a modem yet. Dates shown are when we 
last received any information from them. Those with no date are 
from before April 1991: 

Abstract Shareware (4a, Silchester Road, Pamber Heath, 
basingstoke, Hants, RG26 6EA, UK) features a diskette-catalog which 
will present you with a list of files on screen, let you tag the ones 
you want, figure out how many diskettes it will take and even print 
the order on your laser printer. (4/91) 

Amy Today (640 Willowglen Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105) was 
recommended by a correspondent as the best place for Amiga 
shareware, at $2 per disk. (Amiga) 

Connections comes from Action Linkage, PO Box 684, Bangor, 
ME 04402 and has a selection of Mac shareware available. Send 
SASE for more info. 

Daniels Shareware (PO Box 376, Cameron, WI 54822) will send 
you their catalog on diskette for $3 on 5.25 or $4 on 3.5, and you 
get a $5 credit slip if you actually order something from the catalog. 
It's all IBM-based stuff. (4/91) 

DOS! stands for Data Outlet Shareware (PO Box 776, Macon, 
GA 31202-0776). They carry a whole mess of programs in a 
well-indexed catalog for only $3.50 per disk, and have a toll-free 
ordering line at 800-347-4306. 

Folio Shareware (Westbrook Works, Bradford, BD1 2DX, UK) has 
a very flashy on-disk catalog (it did, however, lock my computer 
up at one point when I got bored with the script and hit 
Control-Break). It includes reviews of the products, "What is 
Shareware", and even a maddening air traffic controller shareware 
game. (4/91) 

PC-SIG (1030-D E. Duane Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086) maintains 
a large library with many of the most popular programs and also 
publishes SHAREWARE magazine. Members get a $2 discount on 
disks ordered from PC-SIG. (IBM) 

Public Software Library (PO Box 35705, Houston, TX 77235-5705) 
stocks a lot and publishes a monthly magazine about shareware, of 
which you can get a sample copy for $2. (4/91) 

Reasonable Solutions (2101 W. Main St., Medford,, OR 97501) 
tries to carry only the best, so they keep their stock down to about 
250 programs. They've got good stocks of Windows and Word 
Perfect add-ins, among other things. $4 per disk for 1-9, $3 for 10 
or more. (IBM) 

Shareware Elite (25 Cades Parc, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8QS) 
is the only distributor in the British Isles that I have heard from 
directly. They sent us the September update to their nifty hypertext 
catalog on a 3 1/2" diskette, with descriptions of 700+ titles, graphic 
screens from new additions to their library, a list of popular disks 
and much more. Fun to play with, and a nice reference on the state 
of Shareware. Others report that Softcell Services (9 Wells Road, 
Riverside, Cardiff, CF1 8DW) and Software Link (5a Manchester 
Road, Denton, Manchester M34 3JU) are good to deal with. (IBM) 

Shareware Express (27601 Forbes Rd. #37, Laguna Niguel, CA 
92677), a company that marks programs down from $4.95 to $2.95 
for special sales, and takes orders toll-free at 800-346-2842. (IBM) 

Sizzleware (PO Box 6429, Lake Charles, LA 70606), a shareware 
distributor with a reasonably good stock and a price of $1.99 per 
diskette plus shipping. If you write they might send you a catalog. 
(IBM) 

The Software Labs (3767 Overland Ave. #112-115, Los Angeles, 
CA 90034) offers, a wide variety of programs starting at $3.49 a disk 
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Steve Abee, DIE FOR LOVE ($2 from 1408 N. Curson, Los 
Angeles, CA 90046): Poetry anchored firmly in the experience of the 
natural world. Steve seems to deeply feel a connection with the 
world, as well as a connection with Christ, and both come through 
in his free-form, fl owing poetry. Stuff to think ab out. (D-27r/MG) 
Ron Androla, A MUTATED AMERICAN DRAMA ($5 from 
Translucent Tendency Press, 3226 Raspberry, Erie, PA 16508): A fine 
collection of Ron's down and dirty working class poetry. He writes 
of and from a culture of bars and rudeness and passing sexual 
encounters and occasional epiphanies prompted by the shape of 
American culture. Bursts of rage echo between stretches of 

observation. (D-40t /MG) __ 

ARROYO Encore issue (50* (?) from Rane Arroyo, PO Box 7157, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213): A pair of poems here, one each from Rane 
Arroyo and Glenn Sheldon, who seem to be popping up quite a 
bit in the small press. These longish poems are both award winners, 
with Glenn's being the more convoluted and Rane's a nice piece of 

historical expositio n. (S-6t/MG) _ 

D.S. Black, OIL BLACK HUMOR ($1 (?) from Atlantis Express, 
537 Jones St. #9156, San Francisco, CA 94102): A small selection of 
anti-war and related poems. His updated "Milton '91" struck a chord 
for me, the stately nonsense of war most boldly reve aled. (HL-8t/MG) 
BLANK GUN SILENCER #1 ($2 from Dan Nielsen, 1240 William 
St., Racine, WI 53402): A new poetry mag out on the borders of 
the wastelands somewhere, mixing old and new names. John Yamrus 
is one of the new voices (at least to me), but his no-capitals poetry 
captures well some of the depression of life on the edge. Joel Dailey 
and Gerald Lockli n are among the more familiar f aces. (D-28r/MG) 
Jonathan Brannen, SIRLOIN CLOUDS ($1 & a stamp from Geof 
Huth, 317 Princetown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306): A collection of 
short visual poems, where the form of the poem and the words 
interlock well. One of my favorites is simply "heartheartheart". 
"noem" is also fu n, if paradoxical. (M-16t/MG) 

Les Bridges, THE COLOR OF BLOOD ($1 CASHIStamps for 3 
chaps including this one from Steven Hatman, 1610 Avenue P #6-B, 
Brooklyn, NY 11229): More street-smart observational poems from 
Les. Whether it is a relative committing suicide out of grief or a 
trip on the night bus, his sharp, pungent descriptions do a perfect 

job of capturing the moment. (HS-8/MG) _ 

THE CAFE REVIEW Vol. 2 #3 ($2 from Yes Books, 20 Danforth 
St., Portland, ME 04101): A monthly collection of poetry, tending 
towards the finely crafted end of the spectrum, often with many 
layers of meaning packed inside. #3 includes more Mad Girl work 
from Lyn Lifshin, a convoluted post Viet Nam poem from Roy 
Zarucchi, and intri cate work by Dan Raphael. (D-3 2t/MG) 

THE CAMBODUNUM CHAPBOOK COMPANION ($2 from 
Steve Sneyd, 4 Nowell Place, Almondbury, Huddersfield, West 
Yorkshire, HD5 8PB, ENGLAND): This is not precisely poetry; rather 
it is about poetry. More precisely, it is a compilation of titles and 
dates for chapbook poetry collections issued over the last several 
decades by poets connected with Huddersfield. The inside back cover 
reproduces a curiosity, a good example of the news-based "disaster 


poem", concerning a train wreck. (D-12/MG) _ 

Stephen Ciacciarelli,SHE SAID ($4.00 from Jose Padua, 44 Avenue 
B #4A, New York, NY 10009): Private poems which have no particular 
theme except for the poet's impressions on a wide variety of subjects. 

I found some of the poems to be a bit inaccessible because of their 
private nature. They have a New York City feel to them—impersonal 

yet probing. (D-16 /CG) __ 

COFFEEHOUSE POETS' QUARTERLY Spring 1991 ($2 from PO 
Box 15123, San Luis Obispo, CA 94306): The title is a nice touch; 
it's easy to imagine most of these poets somewhere, scribbling away 
in their little notebooks. Ray Foreman writes a cool spiel with "Of 
Men and Wars and Cigarettes" while Will Inman takes the reader 
to a homeless shelter. Plenty more to choose from too. On the 

serious, non-experi mental side. (D-36t/MG) _ 

Jo Cohen, FIRES (25* & a stamp from Ether Telegrams, 2108 
15th Ave., Phenix City, AL 36867): Simple direct poetry, of dancing 
in the streets, metaphorical fires in a life, good times and bad times. 
The importance of family is the underlying theme . (M-8/MG) 

COKEFISH Apr. 1991 ($4 from Ana Pine, PO Box 683, Long 
Valley, NJ 07853): This one tends to be an overwhelming read; Ana 
uses a shoehorn to fit more and more material into each issue, 
leading to a certain feeling of drowning in new poetry. A few 
poems, like whitecaps, catch the eye as I'm going down: Larry 
Blandino having dinner with a feminist, Richard Kostelanetz exploring 
the resonances of language, Arthur Winfield Knight with a man far 

gone in alcohol an d despair. (S-42/MG) _ 

THE CONVICT Vol. 1 #1 ($1 from Media Queen, 8825 Roswell 
Rd. #474, Atlanta, GA 30350): This is not some imitation of life in 
prison. Rather, it's the real thing, poetry written in prison by 
convicted killer Snake Woolum. He tends to concentrate on what 
made him what he is today, bad upbringing, the terrible circum¬ 
stances he's in, the frail hope that he might get out again. (D-8t/MG) 
David Craig, PITY US WHITE BOYS ($1 from Mole" Magazine, 
PO Box 5033, Herndon, VA 22070): A selection of poetry with a 

few bits of short prose thrown in, all seeming to come from an 

adolescent insecure background. Craig dreams of a zit-popping 
contest, writes of fear and guilt, and explores the inadequacies of 

life in the suburbs . (D-16/MG) _ 

THE DAVID THOMAS ROBERTS BROADSIDE #6 (SASE from 
PO Box 5243, Kreole Sta., Moss Point, MS 39563): Four poems and 
a surreal drawing, all from David. "Charming material past its known 
potential" is one line wrenched out of context, but somehow it 

captures what's go ing on here. (S-2/MG) _ 

William Dockery, FELT (50* from 2108 15th Ave., Phenix City, 
AL 36867): A few shifting poems from Dockery. The lead, untitled 

piece is the most developed, an eerie watery poem of a strange 

mythology in a world where the angels are apparently the bad gys. 

(M-8r/MG) _ 

Mark DuCharme, LIFE COULD BE A DREAM ($2.50 from Last 
Generation Press, 2965 13th St., Boulder, CO 80304): A collection of « 
dreamy pieces, cutup poems, weird streaming pieces that are only 
poems by virtue of an awkward split into lines. Structure seems to 
predominate over meaning here, the juxtaposition of images more 

important than an y coherent plot. (S-60/MG) _ 

DUSTY DOG Vol. 2 #1 ($4 from PO Box 1103, Zuni, NM 87327): 

A thrice-yearly elegant review of poetry. In this issue Hugh Fox's 
longish "Father of the Bride" stands out, while Harold Witt's short 
"Mrs. Asquith Decides She Shouldn't Read Yeats Before Bedtime" 
is an amusing little jaunt. Also out in April was an "Additional 
Issue" which adds chapbook reviews and announces plans to 
transform into an annual zine with chapbooks betw een. (D-32t/MG) 
Cynthia Farar, SUN ON THE WOOD MAN DIES ($3.50 from 
Serrano-Lantana Press, 3321 E. 1st St., Austin, TX 78702): The title 
aptly demonstrates the trouble I have with this book: it's just too 
darned poetic. Cynthia has clearly crafted her words for effect here, 
and the imagery I can untangle is striking, but the phrases carry 
so much information in so little space as to be overwhelming. I did 
appreciate the lead poem in the "Justice" section, though; it just 

required some wo rk. (D-36t/MG) r _ 

Ray Foreman, OF MEN AND WARS AND CIGARETTES ($2 
from Blue Feather Press, PO Box 15123, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406): 
Foreman is an observer of the human condition, and his poems are 
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living with fervor. "Walt Whitman Meets the Doctors Frankenstein" 
is a look at the pl ace of the poet in our society t oday. (D-32t/MG) 
Celestine Frost, THE CHOICE (PO Box 6877, New York, NY 
10128-0008): An intricate poem which seems to revolve mainly around 
the annoying responsibility of freedom—I think. Naming the birds 
in Genesis comes into it, along with children growing up and leaving 
the nest, and othe r images, loosely connected. (D -18t/MG) 

Gobi & White Boy, ZOMBIE MAN IT AIN'T MY PLAN TO 
FEED MY CHILDREN TO YOUR CLAN ($2 (?) from Colander Man 
Publishing, PO Box 18754, Rochester, NY 14618): A collection of 
poetry, mainly (I think) by Gobi, with an insert from Weinman. The 
poetry is something like cut-up erotica, with several poems appearing 
in multiple version s. A weird dreamy riff. (D-16r/M G) 

GRAPEVINE Vol. V #1 ($1 (?) from 1946 Wheaton, Claremont, 
CA 91711): A collection of poetry and artwork that seems to be 
informed by a Christian worldview. There is much here about 
stopping to enjoy life, being aware of what's going on, and similar 
subjects. The work seems careful and at times a bit didactic. 

(S-14t/MG) _ 

HAMMERS #3 ($4 from doublestar press, 1718 Sherman #205, 
Evanston, IL 60201): A selection of contemporary poetry, fairly 
mainstreamish, and eschewing too much experimental work. They 
also don't mind publishing fairly long poems and giving them room 
to breathe. Jeffrey Spahr-Summers scores with "Mary Jane Doesn't 
Live Here Anymore", while Robert P. Beveridge provides the 
amusing "Conversation With Plato Over a Bottle of Sambuca"—and 

those are just two of many. (S-44t/MG) _ 

THE HARTLAND POETRY QUARTERLY Vol.l #4(Contact 168 
S. Fremont, Romeo, MI 48065): Traditional poetry deeply rooted in 
romantic images and sentiment. Many of the poets write of love 
and loss, while others speak of loneliness, the seasons and baseball. 

Also very good p oetry reviews. (D-30t/CG) _ 

Michael Hathaway,GOD POEMS (Three first class stamps from 
Mulberry Press, POBox 782288, Wichita, KS 67278): A collection of 
personal God poems from the editor ofCHIRON REVIEW. They are 
highly personal, which makes them eminently more readable—kind 
of like spirituality with more than a dose of the human touch. I 
loved the questions he asks about heaven in Sunday school:"do you 
mean/i could ride dinosaurs/& sing with Mama Cass?" (D-14/CG) 
Terri Havens, STUCK (SASE & a stamp from 301 Court St., 
Little Valley, NY 14755): A mini chapbook of poetry that seems a 
bit less angry than some of Terri's more Gothic pieces. It's still 
definitely in the dark and gloomy vein, but the more resigned sorrow 
of a vampire at dawn. (M-8/MG) 

Michael Helsem, CONYGRY ($1 from 1031 De Witt Cir., Dallas, 
TX 75224): "A volquardsyn lipogram in riming triads". The only part 
of that which I can elucidate is that this entire structured poem was 
written without the letter "e". All manner of foreign terms creep 
in, and the rhythm reminds me of, say Dante—or something equally 
classic and tough to penetrate nowadays. (HL-28/MG) 

Sister Mary Ann HennJIGSAW SOLVER andNUN-HUMAN 
($2.50 each (?) from Sr. Mary Ann Henn, St. Benedict's Convent, 
St. Joseph, MN 56374): Very personal poems from the days and 
thoughts of Sister Mary Ann, mostly about what it's like to be a 
nun. Which is fascinating, especially for those of us who still view 
them as saintly, mysterious beings. Family reactions, identity 
questions, the calm and the storm of it all, questions from friends 
and relatives and sometimes anger-tinged replies populate these 
poems. There's also a touching sequence of feelings about the faith 
she has in herself and how she views her life ("like a lace"). 
(D-24/CG) _ 

Crag Hill, READING HIS MARGIN ($2.50 from Geof Huth, 317 
Princetown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306): A collection of terse poetry 
from Hill, who tends to elevate structure well over meaning...though 
the skeletalness here tends to make it easy to read your own meaning 
into things like "One sentence with two main verbs/stares at his 

shoes." (HS-12t/MG)_ 

Erin Hooper, FOR THE CAUSE OF GRAVITY IS WHAT I DO 
NOT PRETEND TO KNOW ($2 (?) from 3331 Quartz Ln. D4, 
Fullerton, CA 92631): Short poems from Erin, many informed but 
not dominated by her Christian faith, and with illustrations by Korey 
Maas and Pamela Stoughton. Lots of bits of love lost and found 
here, as well as the continuing search for a still small center. 


(D-48/MG) _ 

Tom House, I AINT RETARDED BUT... ($1 from Mulberry 
Press, PO Box 782288, Wichita, KS 67278): A couple of snappy street 
poems from the seedy side of society. Tom hits the bars and the 
docks, with a combination of braggadocio and desperation in his 
voice. The poetry of the lost people. (D-8/MG) 

Albert Huffstickler, PEOPLE ($2 from Sigh Press, 1204 W. 9th, 
Austin, TX 78703): Huffstickler has retired, and is combining new 
poems and old in chapbooks at an increasing rate. This is a good 
one, looks at people from a big man touched by death to a frail 
but strong Mexican girl. His distinction between poets and failed 

novelists is quite a musing. (D-16t/MG) _ 

Albert Huffstickler, WHEN TO COOK A POT OF PINTO BEANS 
($5 from 312 E. 43rd St. #103, Austin, TX 78751): A single poem 
from Albert, presented broadside fashion on 11x17 heavy stock. (The 
price covers mailing in a tube). It enumerates some of the times in 
life when you will find this elemental food beneficial; pinto beans 
seem to be a sort of modem talisman in this case . (O-lt/MG) 

IMPETUS ($3.00 Sample copy from Cheryl Townsend, 4975 
Comanch Trail, Stow, OH 44224[make checks payable to Cheryl 
Townsend]): Cheryl must have to go through piles and piles of 
poetry to compile this journal of poetry from a wide spectrum of 
contributors, most of which brings about a feeling of "Hey, even I 
can appreciate poetry." This is readable and mostly absent of that 
manipulation that's present in so many poets. Especially good were 
the offerings of Albert Huffstickler in his ode to old women's private 
parts and Pat Mc Kinnon's "My Father is a Lesbian ." (HL-52r/CG) 
IN REMEMBRANCE #7 ($1.50 from Jenny Soup, PO Box 
1168-584, Studio City, CA 91604): A collection of somewhat gloomy 
poetry interspersed with intricate reproduced engravings and 
wallpaper backgrounds. The effect is something like High Gothic, 
downbeat stuff presented with perfect correctness, the stiff upper 
lip slowly dissolvi ng beneath the cares of the wor ld. (20t/MG) 
iota #13 ($1.25 CASH from David Holliday, 67 Hady Crescent, 
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0EB, ENGLAND): A poetry quarterly 
featuring works from both sides of the Atlantic. They print a variety 
of work, including D. Whippman's condensed history in "Troy: The 
Facts" and William Imra/s brief look at a Cornish legend. Good 

for browsing. (D-3 2/MG) _ 

Bruce Isaacson,THE NEW ROMANTICS ($4.00 from Apathy Press 
Poets, 2924 E. Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21214): Impressive 
perceptions of the poet's life that sound familiar only because many 
of us have had similar thoughts and didn't have the talent to record 
them in just the right way. Isaacson is a poet, and yet he writes 
about those phony poets with cheek and grace ("what can we do 
with these people?") He also defies ordinary poetry (hurrah!) by 
stating that his own personal life doesn't interest him, [yours] does, 
and writes with pretty aching compassion about the myriad of "places 
to put your tenderness" (e.g.Tn a tall blonde woman who wears 
sadness like a per fume"). Gratifying poetry. (D-18 t/CG) 

IT'S THE THIRD WORLD AFTER ALL #1 ($1.75 from Dale 
Karvonen, PO Box 218, Painesdale, MI 49955): Well, this one is 
actually from Dayl Fenderson, but he takes checks in the other 
name. It's about the only Fenderson zine I've seen, mostly poetry 
with some collage and other goodies. Bizarre and twisted are words 
that spring to mind here. (D-32/MG) 

IZBORNIK #2 (Contact Serg Homenko, str. Strjska 52-12, 290026 
Lviv, Ukraina, USSR): I think this poetry is on the experimental 
side, since they mention "retrofuturism" in their cover letter. But I 
sure can't tell for sure, because it is entirely in Russian. A classy 
obscurity, or more for those of you who actually read the stuff. 

(D-12/MG) __ 

Lisa Janssen, BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN ($3 (?) from Poets 
With Jobs, 1821 17th, Boulder, CO 80302): These short blurts seem 
to be some sort of automatic writing, passing with dreamy ease 
from one subject or image to another, sometimes switching in the 
middle of a sentence. "Sounds like it's coming from inside a goddamn 
tin can, not Mahler's last complete dance suite in tandem with ivory 
tower Rapunzels. What was the stuff she ate anyway." (D-60t/MG) 
Vampyre Mike Kassel, I WANT TO KILL EVERYTHING ($4 
from Zeitgeist Press, 4368 Oiedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611): 
Kassel writes tough poems about tough times—and tough critics, a 
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incorrect). The streets are here, and the winos, the lowest bars and 
the people in them—as well a serious issues about freedom, liberty 
and dignity. (D-20t/MG) 

Kermit, A TRAILER PARK OF THE MIND ($2.50 CASH from 
Splotch! Publications, 805 Poleline #4, Davis, CA 95616): A collection 
of freeform poems and short prose pieces. Kermit writes about 
confused young love, the boring lives of most Americans, and 
sad/funny occurences. A good observer with things to say and an 

honest way of say ing them. (D-20t/MG) _ 

LAB NOTES Apr. 1991 ($1 from What Hiss Music, PO Box 
24155, Winston-Salem, NC 27114-4155): A journal of poetry, creative 
writing, and drawings...still mostly poetic in nature. This issue's 
centerfold of mad ness and peace is especially goo d. (HL-8/MG) 
Pete Lee,WHAT THE MOON HEARS ($1.50 from K. Emil 
Erickson, 2304 Pinebrook Lane, Des Moines, WA 98198-7553): 
Conceptive, cerebral poetry that lets you into the poet's mind and 
lets you roam around a bit. Much of it is self-referential and 
introspective, one of note is not—a rather sad account of domestic 

violence in a traile r park. (D-26/CG) _ 

David Lemer, THE AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD ($$2 (?) 
from Grace St. Press, PO Box 5481, San Francisco, CA 94101): A 
look out at the American scene in the 1990s, which ends up as a 
more or less apocalyptic vision for the turn of the century, "this is 
an emergency/I am getting reports that/bets are being placed/on 
which of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse/will come in first" 
says the poet at one point, at another addressing "hey you, leaning 
on that lamp post like^ames Dean with radiation poisoning". If we 
can't have hope, a t least we can keep our style. (HL-36t/MG) 
Dominique Lowell, PILE ($2 (?) from Grace St. Press, PO Box 
5481, San Francisco, CA 94101): A chapbook of gritty inner-city 
performance poetry, including one piece ("Bike Messenger Leading 
the People") which is a splendid job of rabble-rousing, inspired by 
Detroit's Devil's Night. Dominique is great at building up tension 
and raging against the system, and should inspire anyone who is 

fed up. (HS-18t/MG)_ 

MAINE STREET NEWS #4 ($1 (?) from Spindleworks, 76 Maine 
St., Brunswick, ME 04011): "An artist journal from Spindleworks. I 
don't know what Spindleworks is, but the group-written poems here 
have some of the same charm one finds in THE DUPLEX PLANET. 
The back cover poem about Saddam Hussein—suggesting he be put 
in a Mexican prison—was oddly delightful in spite of the topic. 
(D-16r/MG) _ 

Claire McMahon,FREE LEMON JOB ($3.00 from Publish Every¬ 
body! Press, 1821 17th St., Boulder, CO 80302): Poems of scenic 
distinction describing memory, relationships, the state of poetics and 
lots and lots of New York City scenes. Some poems lean towards 
an overpowering attention to NYC, which may detract from their 
original intent. The memory love poem to an older sister is best (I 
think). (D-36t/CG) _ 

Joan McMenomey,MOOD SWINGS ($2.00 from Implosion Press, 
4975 Comanche Trail, Stow, OH 44224): Real-life, gutsy verse about 
a sad-like childhood, a perspective about the modem woman's life 
and its insanities, falseness, and masked meaning. Love doesn't 
always win out, but we're stuck with our version of ourselves and 
the rest of th e world—which is what I retrieved from reading these 
poems. Great line: "Never go to bed with a man/whose sheets look 
like graph paper." Excellent. (D-24/CG) _ 

Philips Miller, GEORGE GRAND ($2 (?) from Samisdat, Merritt 
Clifton, do The Animal's Agenda. 456 Monroe Tpke., Monroe, CT, 
06468): A collection of alcoholic poems from an ex-alcoholic (at least 
the narrator is—and, one presumes, the poet as well). Miller does 
an excellent job of capturing the feelings, the pointless deterioration 
of life, but most especially the omnipresent longing to go back to 
drinking after one has stopped. I know. (D-24t/MG ) 

Frederick Moe, AWAKE PAST MIDNIGHT ($1 from Mulberry 
Press, PO Box 782288, Wichita, KS 67278): There's definitely a good 
deal of craft here, and a theme running throughout: amnesia and 
memory is what seems to fascinate the poet. This ranges from 
"Lindberg's Crate", a memory of an object, to "Hooks", quick flashes 

back ten years to high school. (D-12/MG) _ 

Timothy Monaghan, DEPLETION ($1 for 3 different chaps from 
Pinched Nerves Press do S. Hartman, 1610 Ave. P #6-B, Brooklyn, 
NY 11229): A single longish poem, from the poet to a somewhat 


dissipated friend 
who is also a 
poet. A snap¬ 
shot of a life 
ground down by 
being trapped in 
New York City. 

(HS-8/MG) 

M a t h e a u 
David Moore, 

SINCE NO¬ 
VEMBER ($1 (?) 
from The Bubela 
Press, 539 J At¬ 
lantic Ave., 

Williamstown, 

NJ 08094): A col¬ 
lection of poetry 
and photos, 
both by 

Matheau. The 
works tend to¬ 
wards observa¬ 
tion of nature 
and people, 
often ending on 
a questioning 
note—the poet 
not professing to 
any more perfect 
knowledge than 
the listeners have. (D-28/MG) _ —- _ 

Sheila C. Murphy.A RICH TIMETABLE AND APPENDICES 
(Contact Luna Bisonte Productions, 137 Leland Ave., Columbus, OH 
43214): Unusual and experimental poetry with almost hallucenogenic 
images and deep inner thoughts and emotions. Very cerebral. 
Double-issue shari ng space with poet Stacey Sollfr ey. (D-20/CG) 

Mychele, SURVIVING ($1 from PO Box 82344, Phoenix, AZ 
85071-2344): This is Mychele's second booklet of poems, sharp 
screams at the world. The attitude is one of defiance, standing strong 
despite a life that just isn't fair. Very heady, emotional stuff. 
(D-12t/MG) _ 

Richard Neubauer,THE COLORS I CHOOSE ($2.00 from Richard 
Neubauer, 3963 North Creek Road, Palmyra, NY 14522): I always 
tend to think of Richard's poetry as being very atmospheric. These 
include some prose poems that stand out in that they feel like 
someone is telling us about the guys sitting at the bar watching 
basketball game, or the ostracized woman who was murdered, or 
even how the poet himself feels about his own death with much 
grace. (D-12/CG) _ 

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND #5-6 ($3.50 from Mark 
DuCharme, 2965 13th St., Boulder, CO 80304): "Alternative Writing" 
featuring a mix of the usual suspects 0ohn Bennett leading off #6, 
Sheila E. Murphy, Nico Vassilakis) and new voices from the fringe. 
The editor is concerned to avoid the Bukowski imitations, and he 
manages that, but at the cost of slipping further into the inscrutable 
and runic end of new poetry. (S-30/MG) 

□OPEN 24 HRS #7 ($3 from Buck Downs, 707 S. 20th St., 
Arlington, VA 22202): An eclectic literary zine of primarily poetry 
with some unusual and intriguing short prose as well, in both a 
traditional and experimental vein. The works of Pat McKinnon, John 
McNally and Jeffrey Zable stand out, but not to the exclusion of 
the rest. (S-16/CG)__ 

Jose Padua, STRANGE DREAMS ($4 from 44 Avenue B #4A, 
New York, NY 10009): Nifty poetry from someone who looks at 
the world and sees UFOs and strip joints and futility rather than 
boring stuff like televisions and trees. There's a great poem in this 
volume about rats and men, as well as the other inhabitants of the 
underbelly of the world. (D-20t/MG) 

PEARL Spring/Summer 1991 ($5 from 3030 E. Second St., Long 
Beach, CA 90803): A few short stories and some artwork here, but 
mainly it is poetry, lots of it, with an ear for the sensitive. Catherine 
Lynn catches the spirit of modern teen rebellion perfectly in "You 
do the Best You Can", while Lizbethh Parker's "Like Crescent 





































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Moons", a whole section of breast cancer poems, are awesomely 

touching. (D-70t/MG)_ 

□POETRY BREAK March/April 1991($2.00 from POBox 417, 
Oceanside, CA 92049-0417): Conventional and traditional poems from 
around the country. Most speak of love and relationships—either 
family or religious. Mostly gentle, unthreatening verses. Also a 
feature on "The Once a Week Oasis," a writer's support group—with 
featured poems from within the collective. The print gets muddy 

and hard to read in places. (HL-32r/CG) _ 

POETRY OF THE PEOPLE Feb.-Mar. 1991 ($1 from Paul Yerima, 
PO Box 13077, Gainesville, FL 32604): A mini of poetry, most from 
new voices, and longish. I liked the March issue, a single poem by 
Paul himself, "Rev. Angel Dust Speaks", a wild street preacher social 

justice rant. (M-8t/ MG) _ 

THE POETRY PROJECT #141 ($20/yr from The Poetry Project, 
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St., New York, NY 
10003): This one is more meta-poetry than poetry—that is, critical 
essays and reviews—although they do publish some poems, and 
they are apparently carefully chosen. This issue focuses on 
improvisation, with transcripts of some improv work and several 

essays on the the ory behind it. (S-28t/MG) _ 

POLITE CHAOS ($3 from Smiling Dog Press, Dean Creighton, 
9875 Fritz, Maple City, MI 49664): A very classy letterpress edition 
of some of our modem marginal poets, hand-printed and featuring 
linoleum blockprint illustrations. Kurt Nimmo wanders into an odd 
relationship, Robert A. Nagler explores the desert, Ron Androla 
reduces the modem situation to its stark pointlessness. Very fine 

work. (M-22t/MG)_ 

PORTRAIT OF KALI (60* & SASE from Liz Camps, Freelance 
Press, PO Box 8551 Dept. 55, FDR Sta., New York, NY 10022): A 
single story told in short poetic outbursts. It starts out as middle 
of the road sex, but then grows progressively weirder, until at last 
the male is completely devoured. A threat to male domination. 

(M-24/MG) _ 

Roderick Potter, GARSH (We Press, PO Box 1503, Santa Cruz, 
CA 95061): Potter writes love poems, more or less, but he is pretty 
unclear about them. One might be a series of vignettes of everyday 
actions; the next an image of cutting whispers in the dark. Flowing 
rhythms, more fee ling than thought. (HL-12r/MG) 

Etienne Brook Preston, BIRTHDAY BOOK OF PQEMS ($2 from 
1736B Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94133): Small poems which 
seem to have a lot of meaning packed into them that doesn't want 
to pry free. Preston combines words in ways that are just short of 
random, enough tie-ins to convey the feeling of sense without the 

complete experienc e. (D-lOt/MG) _ 

Michael Randall,PORK AND OTHER POEMS ($4.00 from Jose 
Padua, 44 Avenue B #4A, New York, NY 10009): Poems that combine 
a gritty sexual atmosphere and the realism of living in a city. The 
unfortunate woman who mistakes sexual arrogance for love, the 
woman who cries out "Dick" on the subway, or the woman who 
asks if she can "borrow the [pool] stick." "Pork" stands out from 
the others—it's scary and gross and riveting and probably all too 
real (though not many would probably admit it). (D-20/CG) 

RAW SACKS ($4.00 ppd. from Terry A. Garey, 3149 Park Ave.S., 
Minneapolis, MN55407): A most unusual idea for packaging poetry: 
printed on small paper bags and packaged in a larger paper bag. 
Very environmentally aware. The poetry itself is laden with fantasy 
images, mythical beings, dreams, and the more traditional reflections. 

(Bag-15/CG) _ 

A. Razor, WAR IN THE 13TH HOUR ($1 CASH from DBPL, 
3410 First St., Riverside, CA 92501): A poetic reaction to the war 
in the Gulf, focused on the actual dead people and on the forces 
(in Hollywood, the media, and elsewhere) that glorified it. Stark, 
honest, emotional. (D-16/MG) 

Kevin Redlake, UNDERTAKERS SLAIN IN THE HELLESPONT 
($7 from Nagrom Publishing Company, PO Box 8093, Montgomery, 
AL 36110): A book of eerie poetry, much of it concerned with death 
and the social conventions surrounding it. Kevin puts together jarring 
images that strike strong emotional chords even when they appear 
to make no sense. "Windmills on Havoc's Ground Part 2", with its 
array of monks, is one gripping poem. (D-36/MG) 

Trent Reinsmith, LOVE & HOPE & SEX & DREAMS ($1 from 
BNB Publishing, 1337 Chew St., 1st FL, Allentown, PA 18102): A 


hand-scrawled chapbook of somewhat anguished poetry. The author 
is apparently working out the pain of an aborted relationship, 
waffling between anger and sorrow. (D-12/MG) 

Elliot Richman, THE WHITE LIGHT SHATTERS (40* & a stamp 
from Geof Huth, 317 Princetown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306): The 
title is about half the poem all by itself; the rest is about dragonflies, 
and there are dragonfly wings stamped on this mini underneath the 
transparent plastic coating. A brief moment of vision. (M-6/MG) 
Steve Roth, MOTIONS AND GOOFS ($2 (?) from Poets Without 
Jobs, 1705 14th St. #272, Boulder, CO 80302-6365): Steve writes 
extremely lyrical stuff, songs of the open spaces of America; I thought 
of Carl Sandburg at one point. Quite enjoyed the "Street Bop" and 
the crazy surreal disintegration in "i'm fallin apart". (HL-32/MG) 

J. Ryan, MOON (75* & a stamp from dbqp, 317 Princetown Rd., 
Schenectady, NY 12306): This is "a drawn photopoem" issued in 
the form of a glossy postcard with a rubber-stamped back. Ryan 
has pointed a camera at the moon, held the shutter open, and 
moved it so the resulting trace spells out "MOON". A curious 

multi-level portray al. (M-2/MG) _ 

Kevin Patrick Sampsell, BEAUTIFUL TEENAGERS UNITE! ($2 
from 324 W. 5th #5, Spokane, WA 99204): Poems full of 
sexuality—implied or not—the images are pretty strong of sex, smells, 
sights and the impressions these things make on the poet's mind. 
Can you imagine the impressions that make a grown man sleep in 
the park to avoid having cheap sex with a woma n? (D-19r/CG) 
Sappho, LESBIAN FRAGMENTS (Thormynd Press, PO Box 700, 
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND): A new translation by D.W. 
Myatt, which aims to capture both the poetry and the lesbian 
impulses in what remains of Sappho's work. 15 selected fragments 
are here, from one line to more or less complete poems, in a 
translation which seems at the very least flowing and serviceable. 

(A4-9/MG) __ 

Adam H. Schewel, BOURBON MOON CANTOS (AND OTH¬ 
ERS) ($3 from 2945 De la Vina St. #8, Santa Barbara, CA 93105): 
A collection of work from a consistent contributor to SHORT FUSE. 
Schewel is a constant presence in his own poems, exploring place 
and people, putting forward his distinctly different thoughts about 
the world. Solid working-class poetry in tone, although not mired 

in the bars and lu mberyards. (D-38r/MG) _ 

Glen Sheldon, REVOLUTION: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF "THE 
FIFTH SEASON" IN THE POEMS OF THOMAS McGRATH ($10 
perfectbound/$4 stapled from Glenn Sheldon, PO Box 7157, Pitts¬ 
burgh, PA 15213): This is not a chapbook but a serious study of 
One particular American poet. I haven't read McGrath, so it's hard 
for me to judge this work, but Sheldon writes well and his dissection 
of the political dimension of one body of poems looks interesting. 

(S-74/MG) _ 

THE SKROLL #4 (A couple loose stamps from Terri Havens, 
301 Court St., Little Valley, NY 14755): Terri notes that you should 
not use the zine name on the envelope if you want your mail to 
get through. This is a broadside of Gothic poetry, something to 
speak to the pale dark chronicly depressed person within all of us. 
Ghosts, weeping flowers, demons, vampires. (L-2/MG) 

Kevin Slick, REAPPEARING ($2 (?) from PO Box 11076 Calder 
Sq., State College, PA 16805): A cycle of poetry, or a structured 
longpoem, or something like that "on the idea of emerging human". 
Sound and movement are the important concepts here, reappearing 
and recombining throughout the pages in a journey of searching for 
the inner self. (S-16t/MG) 

Stacey Sollfrey, FEELING THE ROOF OF A MOUTH THAT 
HANGS OPEN and Sheila E. Murphy, A RICH TIMETABLE AND 
APPENDICES ($2 (?) from Luna Bisonte Productions, 137 Leland 
Ave., Columbus, OH 43214): A split chapbook of strange poetry. 
Stacey is almost oracular in her pronouncements, coming up with 
short, jagged, memorable images. Sheila is much more loquacious, 
stringing together long dreamy phrases in apparent cutups. They 
meet in the center of the booklet for some jarring collaborations. 

(D-24/MG) _ 

Stacey Sollfrey and Paul Weinman, APPLYING MASCARA TO 
OUR UMBRELLA ($2 (?) from Implosion Press, 4975 Comanche Tr., 
Stow, OH 44224): There's no seams here, no separate poems, but 
these sound more like Stacey than Paul to me—then again, Paul is 
not all White Boy either. Anyhow, as one might expect from 






























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Implosion Press, these are short bursts of erotica, snapshots of bodies 
and situations, not hardcore sex but the presence of lust in 
everything. (D-20/MG) 

Tom Snyders, POETIC LICENSUOUS ($2.50 from 888 Dupont 
St. #407, Toronto, ONT, M6G 1Z8, CANADA): Tom's work ranges 
from relatively straightforward poems to more involved & interesting 
(at least to me) wordplay. "Sum Times" for instance, takes a hard 
look at meaning, while "penisword" unpacks that portmanteau in 
several different w ays. Also includes a bit of visual p oetry. (D-20/MG) 
Sparrow, DENVER and ANIMALS ($1 from 322 E. 11th St. #23, 
New York, NY 10003): A pair of minichapbooks with an appealing 
handmade look. "Denver" was written out in that direction, and is 
devoted mainly to observing in the west, from rude college students 
to dating partners. "Animals" is more citified, the strange incongru¬ 
ities found in and around New York. Open-ended provocative verses. 

(M-20/MG) _ 

SQUIB Vol. 1 #2 ($16/4 issues from PO Box 60019, Edmonton, 
AB T6G 2S4, CANADA): This one is mostly poetry, though they 
work in a fair amount of art as well—starting with color and real 
leaves on the cover. There's a bend towards experimentalism here, 
but the poetry still remains firmly rooted in communication rather 

than just grandtan ding. (S-66t/MG) _ 

STAR*LINE Vol. 14 #1 ($10/yr from Chuck and Susan Noe 
Rothman, 2012 Pyle Rd., Schenectady, NY 12303): The zine of the 
Science Fiction Poetry Association, a group concerned with pursuing 
and promoting this unique genre. Storytelling plays a strong part 
in these poems, along with strong imagery. This issue also has an 
article from David R. Bunch on why he writes the stuff. (S-lOt/MG) 
THIRTEEN Vol. IX #3 ($2.50 from PO Box 392, Portiandville, 
NY 13834-0392): Lots of poems here, marching in formation across 
pages—they pack more in than most journals, with less graphics 
and whitespace. Each poet gets from a poem or two to a page or 
two, and the emphasis is on more or less traditional works, 
carefully-structured poems, not too much experiment. The drawback 
of this is that not much seems to really stand out from the plethora 
of offerings. (5-40/ MG) _ 

TIGHT #4 ($3.50 from Ann Erickson, PO Box 1591, Guemeville, 
CA 95446): A selection of poems from traditional to modern, 
presented in a no-frills format. In this issue A. Razor cuts to the 
heart of writing from angst, Paul Weinman sketches the fall of 
civilization, and B.Z. Niditch enumerates some of the questionable 
charms of Los Angeles. Ann has a good ear for worthwhile works. 
(D-72/MG) _ 

TOO MANY CLOSETS ($2 CASH from DBPL, 3410 First St., 
Riverside, CA 92501): "Various Fag Poets!" reads the cover, and the 
guys and gals here make no bones about their sexual preference. 
AIDS is a constant shadow hanging over this book, from an opening 
poem about being rejected by society to the closing about rejecting 
love. Drew Blood, John Pofahl, and Regi Mentel are among the 
contributors. (D-32r/MG) 

Cheryl A. Townsend, MOTHER TENDED BAR ($1 from Blue 
Ryder Press, PO Box 587, Qlean, NY 14760): Strong poetry from 
Cheryl focused on her own life, specifically the tough times growing 
up. A lot of anger and hurt comes through in these pages, conveying 
decades of resent ment in short vignettes. (D-12/MG ) 

UNION SHOP BLUFF #3 (A couple stamps from Coryza Press, 
21A Quebec St., Guelph, ONT, N1H 2T1, CANADA): Weird 
experimental poetry, with this issue subtitled "Fart For Peace". The 
main course is from F.A. Nettelbeck, who takes a blast at 
"Americanization" in obscure terms. Greg Evason and John M. 

Bennett also pop i n. (S-2/MG) _ 

WALKING AND SINNING #2 ($1 from Accelerator Press, 
1708 #4 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94709): A selection 
of mostly very complex poetry, most revolving around thoughts of 
love in one context or another. Lisa Kucharski contributes some 
interesting visual workwhile Paul Weinman packs an awful lot into 

some tense lines. (D-20t/MG) _ 

Paul Weinman, Mary Panza, and Richard Darrigo, 3 POETS 1 
BED ($1 CASH from Drew Blood Press Ltd., 3410 First St., Riverside, 
CA 92501): A poetic menage a trois, with Richard going after both 
of the other two poets. Plenty of erotica here, male/female, male/male, 
three at once, comparative kissing, and more. A wild exploration. 
(D-16/MG) _• 


Paul Weinman, ALLY ALLY HOME FREE ($1.50 from Dumpster 
Press, PO Box 80044, Akron, OH 44308): A collection of poems by 
Paul with illustrations by Dumpster's Wendy S. Duke. They both 
focus in on the gritty back alleys, a melange of sex and drugs and 
homelessness and alcohol and more. Dirty city poetry, tackling some 
of the same issues as White Boy poems but in a somewhat more 

serious vein. (P-32 /MG) _ 

Kathleen Wood, TENDERLOIN ROSE ($4 from Zeitgeist Press, 
4368 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611): Poems and short prose, 
all tales from the streets of San Francisco where punk collides with 
drugs and selling one's body. Kathleen writes of the occasional 
moments of tenderness amid much fear and sorrow and anger, and 
she doesn't hide fr om the truth. Blunt and scary ma terial. (D-19t/MG) 
WORDS #2 ($3 from Nicol A. Kostic, PO BoT”4673, Toledo, OH 
43620): A zine of varied poetry, well-presented with complementary 
graphics. There's a tale of the human condition as seen in cruelty 
to animals, people picking on other people, the boringness of the 

word "nice". Goo d stuff here. (D-20/MG) _ 

A WYMB'S BROADSIDE #3 (50* (?) from 1839 W. Touhy, 
Chicago, IL 60626): A single poem by Michael Brownstein, printed 
on cardstock with illustrations from Walt Phillips. A quick short 

burst of winter th ought. (S-2/MG) _ 

XENOPHILIA #2 ($3 from Omega Cat Press, 904 Old Town 
Ct., Cupertino, CA 95014): A poetry zine dedicated to exploring 
other cultures, other lands, other ideas. This issue has work from 
the traditional to the science fictional, including a special "vegetable 
grace" section which seems to encourage the poets to surreal heights. 
Work from Bruce Boston, Herb Kauderer, and David Minton stands 

out. (D-48t/MG) _ 

Zamiat, LETTERS FROM THE WAREHOUSE ($1 from Mulberry 
Press, PO Box 782288, Wichita, KS 67278)T"The Warehouse" is the 
strongest poem in the whole group, exploring isolation on a physical 
level with inner echoes. Many of the other poems here don't quite 
make it for me; they seem to reflect private sensations, but not well 
enough to discern what's going on for the poet. (D-12/MG) 

POETRY NOTES 

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(untitled) ($1 from Ill-vis Rules, PO Box 1421, New Brunswick, 
NJ 08903): This is a mini of erotic sketches from the folks out at 
Ill-vis, issued in a limited edition. Mostly it's women in bondage, 
with exaggerated equipment that looks pretty painful. (M-8/MG) 
THE $400 ECIP GREENHOUSE CONSTRUCTION GUIDE ($3 
from Errol Hess, 245 McDowell St., Bristol, TN 37620): This narrative 
and set of plans is designed to help anyone who is moderately 
handy add a solar greenhouse to an existing structure. It discusses 
the theory before getting into plans, and takes everything step by 
step. The author cautions that it was written ten years ago, so prices 
are probably too l ow by a factor of two. (S-25/MG ) 

afungusboy, THE DOG'S NECK and ANCIENT YELLOW EYE 
(SASE from PO Box 134, Brockport, NY 14420): A pair of micro 
pamphlets from this mail artist, who seems to be turning up more 
places all the time. They combine typed captions with rearranged 
artwork lifted from other sources, plagiarism combined with a surreal 
eye for the world. (MM-12/MG) 

ANALECTS OF ATMAN ($5 CASH from Afterglow Books, PO 
Box 399, Shingletown, CA 96088): This one has the feeling of a core 
dump, with the anonymous author imparting all of his life's wisdom 
to the reader. The prime topic seems to be that of letting go and 
learning to live, in a somewhat Gurdjieffan mode. Peace, meditation, 
competition are all tackled at some length, in aphorisms, poetry, 
short essays and short stories, structured as a tangled web. 

(S-85r/MG) _ 

ARMY: THE MURDER WAY TO GO (SASE from Idy, 516 3rd 
St. NE, Massillon, OH 44646): An anti-recruiting pamphlet from the 
publisher of SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. Using an actual Army 
recruiting aid as the base, Idy creates an exhortation to join the 
army, meet exotic people, and kill them—unless you get killed 
yourself. (L-2/MG) 

Zolo Agona Azania, WHO IS THE NEW AFRIKAN? ($2 from 
Equal Justice Committee, PO Box 4079, Gary, IN 46404): A pamphlet 
tracing the destruction of black pride by whites over the centuries, 
and its regrowth now into a New Afrikan consciousness, Azania 
argues that slavery acted as a sort of melting pot, combining many 
different African t ribes into a New Afrikan people . (D-12/MG) 

F.X. Montagu Azathoth, GROWTH OF AN ARTIST GROWTH 
OF AN ARTIST(£2 from Counter Productions, PO Box 556, London 
SE5 0RL, UK): A delightfully overblown story in the old WEIRD 
TALES tradition, celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Lovecraft's 
birth and similar occurences. It concerns the ghastly fate of an artist 
who takes her alien work a bit too seriously, as witnessed by the 
usual staid nebbish. (D-12t/MG)_ 


L.A.B. ffl, SONS OF SPIES ($5 from 5714 N. 11th St. #1A, 
Arlington, VA 22205): A very odd and complex story of Americans 
interacting in a lowlife section of Spain. It's got mania, blackmail, 
sex (not very normal sex, either), spies and more. L.A.B. weaves a 
tapestry so complex that the parts cannot be appreciated, only the 
eerie impression left by the whole. (D-28/MG) 

BAR-B-Q FOR NEWSDEALERS (IRCs from Electric Knife, PO 
Box 108, GR 73110, Chania, GREECE): A collection of collages in a 
post-Sit tradition printed in rainbow hues. A typical page has a man 
in a fedora snapping a camera towards the reader, captioned, 
"INVISIBLE DETECTIVES/Extremely Secret Bureau of Hogs". Actu¬ 
ally, the captions are all in Greek, but it comes with a handy page 

of English translati ons. (P-20/MG) _ 

BEATS WORKIN' PRESENTS STEP INTO THE WORLD (25* & 
a stamp from Arthur A. Lyon, 710 S. 26th, South Bend, IN 
46615-2206): A mini of varied arts. It starts out with some poetry 
and an invitation to the reader to write more, then has some 
sketchbook work. Following this is a philosophical short story, and 
the back cover is a minicomic. A nice mix. (M-8/MG) 

BLURRED HORIZONS ($2.00 [CASH] from Wolf's Head Press, 
POBox 77, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SRI 1EB, ENGLAND): An 
accidental hobby that turned out quite well. The artist has taken 
pictures of landscapes, outdoor scenes, Holy wells, ancient stones— 
and photocopied the results, and enlarged them. They resemble 
spray paint portraits and are printed in different colors. Accompanied 

with selected quot es. (D-24/CG) _ 

Helen Caldicott, SAVING THE PLANET ($3.50 from Open 
Magazine, Pamphlet Series, POBox 2726, Westfield, NJ 07091): 
Always fresh and intelligent, the fourth pamphlet in the series is a 
lecture by Caldicott transcribed from a National Radio Broadcast. 
Caldicott is a pediatrician and lecturer with some astute perceptions 
on our daily life and how to go about "saving" them. This includes 
way more than environmental action: there's birth control (it should 
be in the water system along with aphrodisiacs), a female Pope, 
weaponry, and the simple issue of money destroying the earth. I've 

enjoyed this series very much. (P-18t/CG) _ 

COFFEE...LIFE'S BLACK BLOOD ($1 (?) from Resident, 2288 
Hawk, Simi Valley, CA 93065): Anyone familiar withLIFE IS A JOKE 
will recognize the familiar layout and love affair the editor has going 
with coffee (in which I share the passion involved). This little mini 
is an absolute ode to the blessed beverage. Coffee blurbs, poems, 
quotes about coffee, letters printed about the evils of decaf, and a 
Henry Rollins treat on the effects of caffeine and Black Sabbath in 
curing unrequited love. A special treat. (M-16/CG) 

COMPLEXES ($2.00 from Dan Nielsen.): A series of careful 

collages combining people's body parts from assorted sources. Below 
each creation is a sentence that seems to rather give the picture a 
name. I particularly like "Gramma Had Visions." (S-20/CG) 

A CRIMINAL ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ($3.00 from 
Friends of Freedom, 72 Cranbrook Rd., Suite 194, Hunt Valley, MD 
21030): A "public warning" about a group known as the Cult 
Awareness Network, or [CAN]—an organization who is fervently 
opposed to religion. This glossy supplement outlines CAN'S main 
legions and their anti-religious acts, while including proposals on 
how to combat their actions. (S-24t/CG) 

CUT ($5 from Wally Depew, Bright Moments, PO Box 232, 
Patagonia, AZ 85624): The latest conceptual chapbook from Wally. 
This one features a razor slice running through the pages, doused 
with two drops of bright ink which then filter through the book. 
Hand-stamped cov er, signed and numbered. (M-20 /MG) 

DARIO ARGENTO ($9 from Fantaco, 21 Central Ave., Albany, 
NY 12210-1391): Fantaco are the US distributors for this one, 
produced in Italy by Argento's own production company. It is a 
history, mainly in still pictures, of his career making gory films. 
Some real shocking photos and effects here, including a few in full 
(mostly red) color. (D-32t/MG) 

James N. Dawson, CAPITALISM IN THE SERVICE OF ANI¬ 
MALS (87* postage from PO Box 613, Redwood City, CA 95470): 
This one basically argues that the animal rights movement is throwing 
away its economic clout by focusing on cruelty-free products as 
business opportunities. Instead the author suggest an entire 
alternative econom y owned by ethical vegetarians. (S-3/MG) 

DEAD BIRDS ($5 from Wally Depew, Bright Moments, PO Box 

























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232, Patagonia, AZ 85624): The bulk of this chapbook consists of 
the words "DEAD BIRDS", rubber-stamped in large letters on page 
after page. There are a few other changes, but telling you about 
them would give away the plot. Another of Wally's more enigmatic 
productions. (M-24 /MG) _ 

DEBRIS ($1 from Doug Chapel Comics, 2 Shirley St. #3, 
Worcester, MA 01610-1206): A collection of photocopier artwork from 
Dan Courtney. Dan works with images of fame, fortune, modem 
culture and inhumanity, putting them all together into multi-layered, 
multi-textured prin ts. (P-20/MG) _ 

X. Sharks DeSpot,THE ADVENTURES OF FOIL-MAN (On 
Request from 2225 Montego Dr., Lansing, MI 48912): I missed the 
first installment, and this is the second, so bear with me. The story 
as I see it, takes place in the near future. Foil-Man has lost his job, 
the Mexican girls came back, and now he finds himself wandering 
around a mall in the Lansing area in the mid-70s, eating fast 
food—and his car gets stolen. Some pretty scary things happen at 
the mall. Stay tun ed. (S-7/CG) _ 

Yael R. Dragwyla, THE TRANSCENDENTAL AND TRANS-UNI¬ 
VERSE PENTAGRAM RITUALS ($2.50 from PO Box 45792, Seattle, 
WA 98145): This paper presents an extension to the various 
pentagram rituals of the Golden Dawn. More modern images are 
brought in, and the third dimension comes into play. Full of elaborate 
correspondences a nd wild references. (S-10/MG) 

Gene Duplantier, HIDDEN PLANETS ($4.95 from 17 Shetland 
St., Willowdale, ONT, M2M 1X5, CANADA): A collection of news 
stories (from sources as diverse as UPI and NATIONAL ENQUIRER) 
and condensations that all point to the existence of planets other 
than Earth in the universe. Duplantier considers missing plents in 
our solar system, the evidence for massive planets around other 
stars, and the test imony of contactees. (D-40/MG) 

EARTH ($2 (?) from Nu Vu Du Press, PO Box 11076, State 
College, PA 16805): Mike Biddison and Kevin Slick have made this 
booklet out of the bones, as it were, of other books. With white 
and black paint, they mark out all but a few words on each page, 
leaving skeletal poetry behind. The juxtapositions are sometimes 
quite intriguing, b ut it still feels sacrilegious to me . (D-44/MG) 

EASY EYE-GATE ($3.00 plus 9 x 12 SASE from Ross Martin, PO 
Box 10355, Portland, ME 04104): A superior collection of collage—kind 
of like flipping through the [NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE] ads 
at a frantic, hallucenogenic pace. Xerox, art appreciation, and tangled 
classical prints figure importantly here with much to ponder. 
(S-30/CG) 

EVOLUTION AND RELATIVITY PROVE THAT GOD EXITS 
(SASE [NOMONEY] from Elizabeth Hensley, PO Box 48122, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33743-8122): A two-page pamphlet outlining and 
suggesting that evolution and relativity (through curved space and 
time) prove that God exists. Interesting speculation on how and 
why Heaven exists—one reason is that if it didn't, someone would 
build it (the logic being that the distant future is the distant past). 
(S-l/CG) 

Fafnir, THE GREAT OIL CRUSADE, OR, ENTER, THE NEW 
WORLD ORDER ($2 (?) from PO Box 488, Byron, MI 48418): An 
analysis of the late war by the folks from the racial right zine FROM 
THE MOUNTAIN. They try to sort out the heroes from the 
mercenaries, and point out who really won—George Bush, who they 
refer to as "Superspook". Some of their comments are pretty 
outrageous, but this isn't the hate literature you might expect. 
(HL-9r/MG) 

THE FANTACO 1991 HORROR YEARBOOK ($4.95 + $2 p&h 
[or thereabouts] from Fantaco Enterprises, 21 Central Ave., Albany, 
NY 12210): This is in large part a list of what Fantaco has for sale, 
but there are also feature articles. This year Censorship is a prime 
concern, with articles from Chas Baiun, Sandra Stokey and Mike 
Gunderloy on the subject. They've also got checklists for GORE 
SHRIEK and FANGORIA, laserdisc reviews, and plenty of pictures. 
(S-152t/MG) _ 

THE FANTASTICALLY FUNDAMENTALLY FUNCTIONAL 
GUIDE TO FANDOM FOR FANZINE READERS & CONTRIBU¬ 
TORS ($3 from Susan M. Garrett, 14B Terrace Ct., Toms River, NJ 
08753): Though this one is aimed at media fans in particular, parts 
could be useful to those ordering other SF zines, or even zines in 
general. Media fandom can be fairly odd (letters of inquiry before 
orders are recommended, for example) but the basics of getting and 


submitting to zines are the same all over. Includes a glossary of 
terms, notes on adzines, how to order by mail, "The fanzine bill 
of rights", record-keeping for writers, and more. (HL-57t/MG) 

THE FANTASTICALLY FUNDAMENTALLY FUNCTIONAL 
GUIDE TO FANDOM FOR FANZINE EDITORS & PUBLISHERS 
Vol. II ($8 from Susan M. Garrett, 14B Terrace Ct., Toms River, NJ 
08753): Though numbered as Volume II of the above work, this is 
actually three booklets—there was just too much to say. Susan covers 
(again with an eye towards media fandom) everything from soliciting 
work to dealing with printers to selling your final zine. Some of 
the problems are unique to the genre (like bootlegging—most of us 
would be happy if someone sold copies of our zines) and on a few 
points I distrust the advice (her discussion of being a small business 
the biggest of these), but on the whole this is an excellent set for 
the beginning publisher, in or out of media fandom. If you've been 
waiting for the second edition of HOW TO PUBLISH A FANZINE, 
stop waiting and buy this instead. (HL-160t/MG) 

FORTY SIX INSTRUMENTS OF DESIRE ($1 from Plagiarist 
Press, 221 W. Benton St., Iowa City, IA 52246): A small chapbook 
consisting entirely of illustrations clipped from some lab equipment 
catalog. Anti-copy right. (MM-8/MG) _ 

GEEK PREVIEWS ($2.52 from Starhead Comics, PO Box 30044, 
Seattle, WA 98103): This is a collection of posters for movies that 
don't really exist, things like Satan's Plumbing and Attack of the 
500 Ft. Hippy. Pretty funny stuff, for those involved in the strange 
side of movies. (D-20/MG) 

THE GERMS: A HISTORY IN CUTTINGS ($5 CASH from DBPL, 
3410 First St., Riverside, CA 92501): This one has expanded 
substantially from the first printing we reviewed a year of so back. 
It's a mass of info about the Germs and their deceased frontman 
Darby Crash, including song lyrics, show flyers, reviews of a movie 
they had a finger in, interviews, and more. Seminal puftk in its raw 
form. (S-28/MG) 

HELPER'S NETWORK DIRECTORY ($4.00 from POBox 4142, 
Fullerton, CA 92634): A resource publication for fans of the "Beauty 
and the Beast" television series. You'd be amazed at some of the 
projects they have going and the scope of the activities—quilt 
projects, fan assistance organizations, sponsor lists and places to 
write to for just about anything you would want to know about 
the show and its fans. This is from Spring 1990, so the information 
may be a bit out of date. (S-28t/CG) _ 

Hillman Holcomb, AFFIRMATIONS ($4 (?) from Christian 
Technocracy, PO Box 80403, Las Vegas, NV 89180): The author 
claims to be "Anti-Kike" rather than anti-semetic, since he says the 
Jews (who he generally refers to with a string of derogatory 
adjectives) are not really Semites or Jews. Other than that, the only 
originality in this collection of bile and accusations of conspiracy is 
in his mixing of the ideas of Technocracy and a veneer of science 
with his hate. Nasty garbage, at great length. The only interesting 
parts are the Technocracy reprints, and you can get those elsewhere 
without the raving mixed in. (S-54/MG) 

Craig Hulet, THE SECRET U.S. AGENDA IN THE GULF WAR 
($3 from Open Magazine, PO Box 2726, Westfield, NJ 07091): A 
transcribed talk from investigative reporter Hulet. He believes that 
there are a lot of strange things behind this war, including a master 
plan to disarm the mideast and build an empire, and the economic 
influence of the K uwaitis in the US. (HS-18t/MG) 

I CHOOSE TO LOVE YOU (2 stamps from Asa Sparks, 6045 
Camelot Court, Montgomery, AL 36117-2555): A pamphlet dealing 
with love and relationships and the committment and discipline it 
takes to make the m work. Very down-to-earth ad vice, (S-2/CG) 

THE INNER TEMPLE (Canadian SASE or IPR from Die Magic 
Word, 2483 Gerrard St. East, Scarborough, Ont. MIN 1W7, 
CANADA): Subtitled "S/M as a Spiritual Path" this pamphlet explores 
the meanings and parallels behind the sado-masochistic relationship. 
It compares the paradox to the yin/yang and magickal traditions. 
(S-2/CG) _ 

THE INTERNATIONAL SHADOWS PROJECT (Contact Wooland 
Pattern Gallery, 720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, WI): A catalog and 
booklet containing many of the projects and mail art pieces designed 
for the Shadows project (a group of performance and mail artists 
who outline bodies to show remembrance for those who died in 
Hiroshima). Participants included Ruggero Maggi and John Held, Jr. 
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AN INTER¬ 
VIEW WITH 
RICHARD 
EBERHART and 
MRS. REINS- 
MAN RIDES 
AGAIN (50c each 
from Twin Rivers 
Press, PO Box 
119, Ellenton, FL 
34222): A couple 
more book ex¬ 
cerpts from Dale 
Andrew White. 
The first is a 
straight interview 
with this Pulitzer- 
prize winning 
poet. The second 
is a bit of fiction, 
revenge on the 
dastardly bus 
driver. (S-2t/MG) 
AN INTRO¬ 
DUCTION TO 
VORLIN ($1 from 
Rick Harrison, PO 
Box 547014, Or¬ 
lando, FL 32854): 
Vorlin is yet an¬ 
other artificial lan¬ 
guage. This one 
attempts to bal¬ 
ance rational de¬ 
sign goals with 
aesthetic pleasure, and to be easy to learn. This essay explains the 
basics, gives some examples, and invites people to get further 

involved. (S-14/MG)_ 

Jennifer Janovy, PRIMARY COLORS ($3 (?) from Poets Without 
Jobs, 1705 14th St. #272, Boulder, CO 80302-6365): Despite the title 
this is not poetry but short stories. Some of them are sensible, 
nearly pedestrian, as with "The Telltale Furniture", a love story 
delineated by possessions. Others, like "Saturday Vows", a peculiar 
sexual romp, are much stranger. Observations of people in worlds 
gradually floating off into their own spheres. (HL-56t/MG) 

JOHN CARRADINE (Gerard Noel, 90 rue Gandhi, 46000 Cahors, 
FRANCE): This is the latest in a series of "Horror Pictures Collection" 
booklets each featuring a single actor. This one has plenty of stills 
from Carradine films, 1939 to 1987, along with a bit of commentary. 

(D-40t/MG)_ 

John F. Kelly, A CHANCE FOR ADVENTURE ($1 from XYY, 
82 Kimball Ave., Yonkers, NY 10704): "An autobiographical tale in 
words and illustration", this mini traces the author's downfall when 
he falls into the company of beautiful Hans. Drugs, animal mutilation, 
and sexual deviance are recounted in charming and tasteful terms, 
with classic boys'- book d rawin gs. (D-32t/MG) 

KOANS OF THE RESTLESS ($5 from Mark Rose, 9037 Palatine 
Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103): At first glance this booklet is composed 
solely of questions like "Why do we wear clothes?" and "What is 
the greatest human achievement?" It soon becomes apparent, though, 
that the pages fold and rearrange in many combinations, and that 
there are answers here ("Koi in the pond" being one) as well. 
Combinatorial quizzicalness. (S-6/MG) 

LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH (Trade Only from Alizarin, PO Box 
127, Wickatunk, NJ 07765): This is a mail art collection, including 
everything from a page with junk mail taped on it to some Malok 
collage to various bits of mainstream junk clipped and pasted. Like 
all the other Alizarin activities, the idea is to promote swapping, so 
get out those envelopes and fill 'em. (S-24/MG) 

Sondra London, MURDER ROAD ($5 from 8825 Roswell Rd. 
#474, Atlanta, GA 30350): This is Sondra's own story of how she 
happened to get into the business of publishing stories—fiction and 
otherwise—from a batch of serial killers. It has fascinating vignettes 
of life in touch with these guys, which has included everything from 


insights to threats. A prime introduction to her work and weird 

times. (S-16t/MG)_ 

LOP SOP AND SCRUTA ($1.50 from Cyclone Publications, 2623 
Ashton Ln., Dayton, OH 45420-2721): A collection of photographic 
images processed in unconventional ways—some on transparent 
pages, some altered by xerography, some printed with mixes of 
positive and negative images. I especially like the way the opening 
flower explodes from blackness when you lift off the cover of the 

booklet. (D-ll/MG)_ 

LOSERS ($4.00 from Streetcar Editions, PO Box 794, Station P, 
Toronto, Ont., M5S 2Z1 CANADA): A story by Kevin Connolly, 
founder ofWHAT! magazine, it is the story of some young hood-like 
loafers who drink and smoke and watch TV a lot. The story is aptly 
titled, because the characters, all of them, are truly losers and it's 
because of this that my reader's empathy and interest was somewhat 
lost. The background material (given partly, I imagine, as the reason 
the main loser became a loser) on a brother of one of the characters 

is the best part. ( D-22t/CG) _ 

MANUAL OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND TERRORIST 
SCIENCE ($3 CASH from Nicolas Gardner, 1230 Ortega, San 
Francisco, CA 94123): This is a numerological rant, complete with 
dangerously kooky drawings and diagrams, inspired by "Bob" and 
a series of synchronicities. It draws on the Qabala, Crowleyan 
Magick, and who knows what e lse. (S-20t/MG) 

Syd Mygx, MIRACLO A MILANO (IRCs from A Secret Devil, 
Box 32, 52 Call Lane, Leeds, LSI 6DT, ENGLAND): A small booklet 
of poetry and ranting from the lead singer and lyricist of Cheetah 
Chrome Motherfucker. He takes a bleak view of the world, all blood 
and depression, and dares others to prove him wrong. A full-length 
book of this mate rial is on the way. (M-8t/MG) 

MONETARY FREEDOM ($3 from Jim Stuffim, PO Box 29, Hiler 
Branch, Buffalo, NY 14223): A collection of reprints and essays on 
the idea of monetary freedom—the idea that there should be no 
monopoly on the issue of money. Instead, monetary freedom 
advocates say everyone should be able to be their own central bank, 
and let the free market sort things out. If you've never considered 
this idea you might be surprised at the case that can be made for 

it. (S-13r/MG) _ 

Mychele, GOOD MORNING... ($1 from PO Box 82344, Phoenix, 
AZ 85071-2344): Another short erotic vignette from Mychele. This 
one has her lover waking her up in the best possible way for a 
hotly described roll in the hay. Friendly writing to make you hot. 
(D-3t/MG) 

Joe Peacott, INDIVIDUALISM RECONSIDERED ($3 from 
BAD Press, PO Box 132, Boston, MA 02238): A two-pronged look 
at individualist anarchism. Joe explains the basic ideas of individu¬ 
alism, and then goes on the attack against some excesses he perceives 
in collectivist anarchism. Jerry Kaplan adds a bibliography on the 
subject, full of the classics from the past. One of the best statements 
I've found of an anarchism paralleling my own. (D-28t/MG) 

Jerod Pore, ESCAPE (52tf SASE & "worthy trade" from Jerod 
Pore, 1800 Market St. #141, San Francisco, CA 94102): A paranoid 
short story from the early 80's, looking forward to a future dystopia 
where not even the skills of the hacker are a way out. Reminds 
me a bit of some of the apocalyptic things I've published in the 

past decade. (S-ll/MG)_ 

PUPPETSMUT ($2 from Bob Z., PO Box 28, 2336 Market St., 
San Francisco, CA 94114): A "Bad Newz Papoose", that is, a minizine 
of writing and poetry from the punkture underground. Some strange 
sexual adventures here, along with someone who hears wisdom 
from his guitar amp and poetry like "Take off Your Pants and 

Dance." (M-32r/MG)__ 

Ken Rand, MEDIA MAN! ($4 from 1437 Canyon Rd. #A-6, 
Kemmerer, WY 83101): A collection of Ken's newspaper columns, 
which remind me vaguely of Dave Barry's writings. There's one, 
for example, addressed to flies, and another about homemade 
noisemakers. On a more serious note, plenty of politics and culture 
gets in here too, with the proper attitude towards the government— 
i.e., that it is not to be trusted. Funny stuff. (D-2 4t/MG) 

THE RENT-COLLECTOR ($12 CASH from Ryder Publishing, 
BCM/Box 3406, London WC1N 3XX, ENGLAND): The latest booklet 
of dominance and submission from this private British publishing 
club. The plot this time revolves around Belinda, who can't pay her 





























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rent until she becomes a willing slave to the owner of her flat. 
Plenty of sex and beatings, and continued exploration of the mentality 
of the happily submissive. (D-42/MG) 

Claire Richards,IF WE DIDN'T, SPINAL COIL...and CROOKED 
SMILE CRACKED LIPS (SASE ($1 for CSCL) from Claire Richards, 
7103 Oakwood Glen #15, Spring, TX 77379): Three separate and 
different broadsheets from Claire's somewhat tortured muse. "If We 
Didn't" is a modern parable about the treatment of retarded people 
in the (?)future; "Spinal Coil" is a dark stream-of-consciousness type 
story of warriors, postwar hallucinations and more dead people; and 
CSCL is a small tr eatise on the underbelly of Holl ywood. (S-lr/CG) 
Randy Russell, WINTER CARNIVAL ($1.50 from TBS Publica¬ 
tions, 5414 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870): A collection of 
short essays from Randy, still writing about the experience of life. 
He reminisces about sledding, manages to survive a cold winter, 
and makes it entertaining to think about. Real life can be better 
than fiction. (D-17/MG) 

G.J. Schaefer, FREAK TRADE ($10 from Media Queen, 8825 
Roswell Rd. #474, Atlanta, GA 30350): The latest episode in convicted 
killer Schaefer's tales of Dan Kelly, Rogue Cop. In this one he helps 
out some folks trying to make the world safe for decency, and at 
the same time gets an overambitious hooker out of his hair. Plenty 
of sleazy sex and a violent sex/death climax. (S-23t/MG) 

Clarence Shak, THE CASE AGAINST CERTAIN TRAFFIC LAWS 
(Donation from Crusade to Abolish Traffic Tickets, PO Box 15133, 
Honolulu, HI 96830): Shak wants the criminal aspect of right-of-way 
laws abolished. His reasoning (expanded on at length here) is that 
they lull motorists into a false sense of security and so actually 
cause many accidents. He also has a plan for wiping out the illegal 
traffic ticket system. (HL-12t/MG) 

Mary Rose Shaw/UP THE BUREAUCRACY! ($5 from The Radical 
Feminist, PO Box 28253, Ken. Cty. Sta., St. Petersburg, FL 33709): 
A one-act play portraying the "southern Christian bureaucracy" at 
its worst. The action takes place at an unidentified social welfare 
agency, where corruption, venality and sexual hanky-panky take the 
place of actually se rving any clients. Overdr awn—I hope. (S-23/MG) 
SMILIE'S SECRET DIARY (50* from Paul Nicoloff, 800 Nelson 
St. #103, Austin, TX 78703): This one is rather conceptual, a diary 
kept by the famous smilie face. I won't give it away, except to say 
that it is as monoto nous as that idiot grinning counte nance. (M-8/MG) 
SOY, NOT "OI!" ($2 from Hippycore, Box 195, Mesa, AZ 85211): 
A delightfully friendly guide to becoming a vegan, with tips, hints, 
things to watch out for and over 100 recipes. There are also essays 
by the contributors about veganism is so much a part of their lives. 
Loaded with infor mation from real people. (D-lll/ CG) 

Mark Strickert, AIRCHECK ARCADE: THE NEXT BOOK ($3 
from Decalcomania, Phil Bytheway, 9705 Mary NW, Seattle, WA 
98117): Finally, a complete guide to the somewhat arcane practice 
of "airchecking"—recording slices of radio programs, for those who 
collect radio stations. Mark explains in great detail how to do this, 
why anyone would want to, and introduces readers to aircheck 
fandom. A solid reference work. (D-44/MG) 

SUPERNAL PENTAGRAM RITUAL ($2.50 check or money order 
from Yael Dragwyla, POBox 45792, Seattle, WA 98145-0792): A 
variation on the standard Ritual of the Pentagram using the new 
English-language 16-Sephiroth Qaballah, which is a magickal practice 
of establishing oneself on the Second Plane on the Tree of Life. 

(S-4/CG) _ 

tENTATIVELY, a CONVENIENCE, TELEPATHY RECEPTIVITY 
TRAINING ($2 (?) from Box 382, Baltimore, MD 21203): While most 
of us when drifting to sleep have unaccounted for and unexplainable 
phrases pop into our heads and readily dismiss them, tENTATIVELY 
writes many of them down, regardless of coherence. They are 
artistically and graphically printed in here, with no specific theme, 
but if you are familiar with this enigmatic bizarro, you will no doubt 
recognize them. Phrases like "Doom for their lids," "troubleshooting 
a widower," "men without surface," etc. Something to ponder when 
you feel especially philosophical. (S-10t/CG) 

Ottis Toole, KILLER ART ($5 from Media Queen, 8825 Roswell 
Rd. #474, Atlanta, GA 30350): Toole was Henry Lee Lucas's partner 
in crime. I guess he was a better serial killer than a cartoonist; this 
stuff is pretty primitive. It ranges from graveyards to drawings of 
idealized families— "John", "Mary", "Baby". (D-18/ MG) 



T-REX ON ICE (50[cents] from W. Joe Hoppe, 1603 Woodlawn, 
Suite #2, Austin, TX 78703): A mini with illustrations about the day 
Joe, Polly, and Val drove to St. Paul and found a 100 foot dinosaur 
balloon hovering above them. "Another one of those perfect 
moments" describes the day when the three passengers became 
engaged in finding, catching, and holding the moment of the 

dinosaur. (M-13t/CG)__ 

TWENTY DAYS UNDER A HEN (SASE from Colander Publish¬ 
ing, PO Box 18754, Rochester, NY 14618): A micro of collages, split 
between ones by Gobi and ones by afungusboy. They both use 
plenty of old woodcut stuff, and seem to be on something of the 
same wavelength, machinery clashing with the natural world. 
(MM-20/MG) 

UNDERGROUND MEDECINE (Trade Only from Brainshots Inc., 
PO Box 57, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Q.L.D., 4006 AUSTRALIA): I 
always look forward to reading what these marginals have to offer. 
This one is a reprint of a 1989 edition, filled with intelligent and 
provocative discourse on the psychology and pharmacology of 
underground drugs. With hats off to Abbie Hoffman, Albert 
Hoffman, Timothy Leary, Crowley, R. A. Wilson and a host of other 
imaginaries, we find how levels of sex are altered by drugs, the 
"training" one needs for the uses of most drugs, adverse reactions, 
and statements bent on reality-shaping wonderment. Better send an 
age statement along with your trade. (D-36r/CG) 

THE UNHELPFUL NETWORK MIS-DIRECTORY ($5.00 from D. 
Hilliard, Department of Hungry Journalists, POBox 1752, Orange, 
CA 92668): Intended as a spoof on another directory called THE 
HELPER'S NETWORK DIRECTORY, this one can stand on its own. 
Both are aimed at the diehard [Beauty and the Beast] fans which 
have more activities resulting from the show than a Girl Scouts 
troop. Besides the lampooning, Hilliard also lets us in on how he 
views himself and the world and also lists some "underground" 
music and episode lists for [Outer Limits]. Clever material for those 
in-the-know. (S-32/CG) 

Erella Vent, COLD and HEART THING (Trade (?) from E. Vent, 
2 Macklem Ave., Toronto, ONT, M6J 3M2, CANADA): Two 
handmade microbooks. The first tells an old fable, the second goes 
looking for things to quicken the heart. Both have sewn bindings, 
rubber stampings, and other hand touches. (MM-1 6/MG) 

WAR (50* postage from Carrie & Justin, 733 Fillmore #9, San 
Francisco, CA 94117-2676): The most personal reaction possible to 
the war, this is excerpts from Carrie's and Justin's separate diaries 
from right around January 15 when the war started. They well 
capture the feelings of enraged frustration felt by many who were 

opposed to the w ar then. (D-12t/MG) _ 

WAR IN THE GULF: AN ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE 
($1.50 from PEG, 519 Castro Box 111, San Francisco, CA 94114): A 
paper from the Political Ecology Group giving their stance on the 
Gulf War. Although the bombings have stopped, much of this is 
still applicable, from the parts on the domestic US energy policy to 



























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the water and sewage impact of keeping hundreds of thousands of 
troops in the Arabian deserts. Well-footnoted for further reference. 

(S-24t/MG) _ 

WAR IS FUNNY ($1 (?) from Bart Van Kw, Grotestr. 116, 3118 
Werchter, De Zuidelyke, NETHERLANDS): A little mini that's all in 
Dutch, but we get the point. It would be interesting to find out 
exactly what a marginal in the Netherlands thought of the war—and 
can only guess by looking at the pictures. (M-12r/CG) 

Carl Watson, AGORAPHOBIA AND SEXUALITY IN THE LAND 
OF TRANSIENT HOTELS ($5 (?) from Apathy Press Poets, 2924 E. 
Coldspring La., Baltimore, MD 21214): A collection of short stories—if 
that, implying a plot and characters, is not too strong a 
word—revolving around thoughts of sex, death and obsession. 
Watson explores the boundaries of suicide, the barriers between 
people, and the limits of self-love, in complex, interwoven strands. 

(D-60t/MG) _ 

THE WAY WE SEE IT ($10 from CEPCI, 3181 Mission St. #28, 
San Francisco, CA 94110): That ten bucks gets you the starter kit 
of the Californians for Earthquake Prevention and Climatic Improve¬ 
ment. This booklet is part of it, a transcription of messages from 
their weekly phone service (415-995-2977). They suggest such things 
as disconnecting car alarms to lower seismic stress, and tying faults 
together with stak es and baling wire. (D-32t/MG) 

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW!!! (SASE from Blue Ryder Press, PO 
Box 587, Olean, NY 14760): A single-sheet rant intended to be copied 
and handed out at welfare offices. It tries to instill some pride in 
the down and out, to wake them up and challenge the system just 

a little bit. (S-2/MG)_ 

WHEN I BECOME CEO ($1 (?) from Phil, 4880 Colt St., Ventura, 
CA 93003): Rant, rave and outline of what Life will be like once 
Phil becomes God Emperor CEO. For one thing, each day will begin 
with Rocky and Bullwinkle reruns. Not a bad deal, but then you 
have Phil's proclamations which 
sound like drunken taoist slogans. 

(S-3/CG) __ 

WHY AREN'T YOU WHO I FELL 
IN LOVE WITH? (25[cents] plus 
SASE from Dr. Asa Sparks, 6045 
Camelot Court, Montgomery, AL 
36117): Another in a series of pam¬ 
phlets dealing with relationship and 
relational problems, written in an 
affirmative, optimistic manner. Four 
stages of developing in a relationship 
are explored, with growth being the 
operative motive. Encouraging. (A4- 
2/CG) 

Blair Wilson,CARTOON ART, 

FROM THE STUDIO OF and 
SQUIGGLISM 1980S (Contact Blair 

Wilson,.): Blair's unusual and 

instantly recognizable style of car¬ 
toon art appears in two of the three 
chapbooks he sent. They're quite 
psychedelic—people with elongated 
heads and tongues, stretched faces 
and arms, almost a Peter Max feel 
to them. "Squigglism 1980s" are 
more graphic-oriented ink designs 
that resemble, well, squiggles. But 
there much more complicated than 
that. (D-20/CG) 


Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210) has reprints available of portions of 
Edward Bellamy's lesser-known work EQUALITY, as well as some 
one-page essays of his own. You can get an introduction to his 

thoughts on seeki ng a better world for $1. _ 

•Sunshine Publications (PO Box 830, Ooltewah, TN 37363) 
continues to put out 4-page pamphlets of reprints of various things. 
THE VIROLOGY OF AIDS and other recent publications, for 
example, puts forth the alternative scare theories about AIDS being 
man made and spread by insects. One of his latest is a reprint of 
HOLLYWOOD'S RACIST HATEMONGERS, about Jewish domina¬ 
tion of the film industry. Sprouse is also selling something he calls 
"Nature's Own Perfect Remedy" for $25 a pop, advertised on the 
back of this series. 50* & SASE each. 


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•FREMDKORPER ($8 CASH from 
Marcel Ruijters, P. Jacobsstr. 6, 6133 
Am Sittard, NETHERLANDS) is a 
limited-edition book of colored prints 
of nude drawings by this extraordi¬ 
nary underground surreal artist. I've 
only seen a one-page excerpt, but it 
was worth pinning up by itself. 

•Philip S. Hensel (612 Colorado 


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BLOODY VOODOO SOCKPUPPET (John Migliore, 17 Halam 
Ave., Hamilton, ONT, L8V 1Z2, CANADA): We reviewed the 
soundtrack of this extremely low-budget pseudo-horror comedy flick 
an issue or two ago. That eerie rhythmic music was really the best 
part of an otherwise tedious and poorly done movie. The main 
problem lies in the sound recording, with voices almost inaudible 
and music blasting—either you constantly play with the volume, 
you get blasted, or you miss what little plot there is. The homemade 
SFX are minimal. The acting of the mad TV host, controlled by his 
own hand puppet, has its moments—but they are far too few to 
justify a ninety-minute film. (MG) 

★★★★★ 

THE GO GOS VIDEO ($20 [money order made out to "CASH" 
ONLY) from Go Video, 6520 Selma #232, Hollywood, CA 90028): 
This one is really sort of pathetic. It features three moderately blitzed 
young women in a Holiday Inn and one young man so seriously 
gone on Quaaludes that he can't even achieve an erection, despite 
extensive masturbation on camera. The conversation revolves around 
strange sex, the difference between men and women, and other 
topics that seem cosmic when you've had too much to drink. Later 
on, after he's passed out, they wake him up with a combination of 
shaving cream, matches, and a vibrator crudely inserted. This is not 
a very good dub either, having been duped so many times that it's 
lost most of its color signal. And why would anyone buy this 
exercise in strangeness? Because the young women are members of 
the rock group the Go Gos. My favorite part is the cameraman 
assuring everyone "No one will see this." (MG) 

★★★★★ 

Richard Kostelanetz, KINETIC WRITINGS ($10? from Richard 
Kostelanetz,141 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012-3613): Kostelanetz 
is one of the few poets working to produce true videoems (visual, 
kinetic poems made for video), and this collection from 1989 is one 
of his most recent. Most of the poems are black and white 
(sometimes subtle gradations of grey against white) and all the 
poems are silent, so the common allure of video is absent. 
Kostelanetz's possibility for movement in the poems is restricted by 
the capabilities of the text-producer he uses and by a frequently 
schematic imagination, but a few of the poems (such as "There was 
on her face") swirl and eddy on the screen producing a visual and 
textual experience that is both new and pleasing. Most of the poems 
are simple onomatopoetic exercises (poems defining words, or poems 
being defined as words) and the tape is remarkable for a couple of 
the most unstimulating erotic poems of all time, but at the end the 
aesthcipient realizes the attraction of the work, that the screen has 
captured our attention as it never does before, because now we are 
reading as well as viewing and we mustn't let any word get away. 
(32 minutes/reviewed by Geof Huth) 

★ ★★★★ 

MARTIAL ARTS MAYHEM Volume 1 ($21.45 from Boopzilla 
Productions, 54 Turner St. #3, Brighton, MA 02135): This is an 


hour-long collection of trailers for classic Kung-Fun and Karate 
flicks, transferred from 35 mm prints. It starts off with "Fists of 
Fury", and proceeds through "Enter the Dragon" and "The 
Streetfighter" to a lot of less known features. Includes footage of 
Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, Chuck Norris, Jim Chiba, Sonny Chan and 
many more, all leaping about and beating one another up. Sheer 
chaos and ridiculous dubbed sound effects prevail. (MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

RED HOT & BLUE (Arista Records, 6 West 57th St., New 
York, NY 10019): Major and minor recording artists gathered 
together for a music special "dedicated to dispelling the prejudices 
associated with HIV infection and raising money for AIDS research 
and relief." By now most everyone is sick to death of the 
philathropic causes major celebrities take on and speak out for, 
no matter what the principle is. Admit it. But I wasn't thinking 
about AIDS when I watched this 90 minute music video 
compilation. I was thinking about Cole Porter. Imagine Sinead 
O'Connor even [knowing] who Cole Porter was. Because every 
song that is performed on the video are the artists' various 
interpretations of Porter classics. And they are all marvelous, 
everyone one of them. I'm a Cole Porter devotee and also a 
tremendous fan of cover songs. Watching David Byrne and pals 
sing "Don't Fence Me In" was better than having him over for 
dinner. Listening to the Neville Brothers eulogize Porter while 
Jonathan Demme directs them in "In the Still of the Night" caused 
me to breathe faster. 

And there's more—lots more. Everything is all right with the 
world when I can watch Deborah Harry and Iggy Pop gleefully 
going through "Well, Did You Evah!" just about as good as Sinatra 
and Crosby doing it or see Erasure perform "Too Darn Hot." Oh. 
I could go on. Yeah, and then I got to thinking about AIDS and 
the money that will go for research and The intelligent and clever 
"Love, American Style" vignettes sprinkled throughout the video 
teaching us real facts about sex, AIDS, and ignorance and thought, 
well, maybe I'm not so sick to death of celebrity causes (especially 
if I can hear Annie Lennox sing "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye").(CG) 

★ ★★★★ 

TECHGNOSIS ($11.50 from Joshua Seaver, 600 Louisiana, 
Lawrence, KS 66614: This is one of the best shot-to-video productions 
I have seen in quite some time. It's the story of Seth Hephra, a 
young computer programmer who, confined to a wheelchair as the 
result of a transit surfing accident, becomes obsessed with making 
the final leap from virtual reality into cyberspace. Complete with an 
eerie Dickian political background—never explicitly spelled out, but 
visible in the reactions of the culture portrayed—and high-electronic 
tension-inducing music, this is a colorful gem of paranoia and 
transformation. Recommended. (MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

TWO WOMEN WRESTLING IN A LANDSCAPE, BARE 
BREASTS & BOXING GLOVES and DRESSED TO KILL ($24.95 
each or $62.50 for all three from 4-F Films, PO Box 148121, Chicago, 
IL 60614): Three short films from Dan Krogh. He works in a 
somewhat specialized wing of the medium: battling females. The 
first features a pair of young women in the nude, wrestling in a 
woodsy setting. It's the artiest of the bunch, with slow motion and 
fancy camera angles along with the rolling around and pushing one 
another. The second is pretty self-explanatory, two other young 
women in boxing gloves, shorts, and ski masks, pounding away at 
one another. The poorly synched sound in this one made it hard 
to put much credence in the action. DRESSED TO KILL opens in 
a sort of reverse striptease, with Elaine and Anne putting on panties, 
garter belts, bras and dresses. Then they get into an extended catfight 
and strip it all off one another again. Personally, all of this leaves 
me pretty unexcited, but I understand that there is a market for it. 
4-F has a dozen other short features, plus still photo sets; for a 
couple bucks they should send you their catalog. (MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

WALLMEN, "Preservative Children" (7711 Lisa Ln., N. Syracuse, 
NY 13212): A miscellaneous collection of video clips from this oddball 
rock band. It opens with a fine psychedelic studio clip, and then 
rolls through a variety of live shows, some with decent lighting and 
closeup camerawork, others capturing the murky confusion of punk 
club dates. They really get into their music, and the overall experience 
is definitely one of exuberance, combined with ideas that will tilt 
your world on its ear. (MG) 
















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VIDEO NOTES 

•FILM THREAT (PO Box 3170, Los Angeles, CA 90078-3170) is 
looking for videos to distribute. Send SASE for more info. 

•Poetry Harbor (1619 Jefferson St., Duluth, MN 55812) has a 
cable TV show with an estimated 1250 monthly viewers, and they 
would love to show your performance or poetry video over the air. 

•Trauma TV (PO Box 42405, San Francisco, CA 94142) is looking 
for alternative, experimental and new avaht-garde works under 50 
minutes to broadcast. They will screen submissions on 1/2" or 3/4" 
videotape. 

NTSC CYBERBEAT 

Selections from phone conversations in April 1991. 

Jonathan Fischer—a musician that's been doing soundtracks for weird 
or mutated videos for about five years: "I've worked on projects that 
range in scope from a screening on PBS to a showing to four drunks 
in a bar. There's actually a lot of similarities between the two in 
the sense that you're dealing with a narrow audience. Obviously 
you're dealing with a wider one if it's screened on Public Television, 
but independent film and video has been pegged a little bit. There's 
a lot of things that have a real independent feel. They're almost 
formulaic in a way, having a similarity running through several 
different projects by several different people. Somebody is either 
going for an early David Lynch type of feel or somebody's going 
for an early John Sayles look and it all seems to spell art school, 
film school in big bold letters. To me that's just as bad as what 
Hollywood is doing because here are these people who have the 
freedom to do whatever they want and they're not doing it. What 
they are doing is conforming to a pre-existing norm. I like to think 
of my work and the producers I'm associated with as not so 
identifiable as, "Oh, this is your typical independent project." I like 
to work between the two extremes where I might have some aspects 
of independent film. I don't like to be pegged or pigeonholed or 
labeled that my work is that of an independent filmmaker or 
whatever. I think this stereotyping holds true for the grunge formats, 
too. Call it confrontational or East Village, it all starts looking the 
same after you've seen your fiftieth hophead walking through an 
abandoned warehouse district." 

Marisa Bowe—Formerly of PBS Station KTCA of St. Paul, Deep Dish 
TV, Paper Tiger TV and an independent producer : "I began with PBS 
and had an enjoyable experience getting my feet wet in video 
production, but after a while it became frustrating. The station I 
started out with became corporate and their already small budget 
didn't enable them to complete news stories as well as I thought 
they should be done. It seemed like just another smoke screen, a 
fourth network, why not write PR and get paid three times as much, 
it's really the same thing so I moved to New York and joined both 
Deep Dish and Paper Tiger TV. I'd seen some of their shows and 
there was a lot of humor to it, pieces on THE NATIONAL 
ENQUIRER and THE NEW YORK TIMES and I thought I'd like to 
work with them. I'm basically more liberal than leftist. Paper Tiger 
and Deep Dish TV is a leftist environment and many of the staff 
members were too judgmental and puritanical for my taste. It's as 
if we were from the same religion but I'm reformed and they're 
orthodox. I feel some of the people were not nice and I feel if 
you're not nice, then your politics are fucked except during PMS." 

Jim Knipfel—Art Critic of socially deviant creations: "Most everything 
I've seen is absolute shit, but most of what I've been seeing have 
been music videos which are either one of two things: they're either 
performance videos shot with two stationary cameras which are 
inevitably dull, or things that go so completely hog wild with 
computer graphics that have nothing to do with music and actually 
get in the way of the music. I like the new David E. Williams video 
a lot and it combines the two styles very well although it's dark 
and sparse....I saw Pile Of Cows' Bible of Skin which was industrial 
noise over home movies, bad home movies of people shitting and 
castrating themselves. It was a lot like Christ The Movie and a lot 
of people thought it was great and said, "Hey, this is cool," but 
I've seen enough Richard Kern and Nick Zedd films so it doesn't 
affect me anymore. Christ, Nick Zedd, what a dope. He's not nearly 
as dangerous or offensive of radical as he and his fans would like 
to think he is. So he jacks off on a corpse, big fucking deal—boring, 
boring, boring. Now as far as narrative films I've seen lately I guess 
the same sort of thing holds true, that it's hard after a while to see 
something you haven't seen again and again and again. I'm sure 
it's a question of economics. I mean the people that are making the 


things are dealing with 3 or 4 million dollar budgets, but I'm not 
expecting to see amazing special effects of find the next Marlon 
Brando, but I am looking for something that goes beyond simple 
film school competence which I'm not seeing much of. I'd like to 
see a little flair in the writing or the storyline or the dialogue or 
the camera work—just something with a little bit of style. Even if 
somebody is going to make another video about relationships, at 
least have the common decency to show a little skin because 
everyone knows what you're going to be saying. Ed Cornell knew 
this and had it in his last video. He did something different and 
there was a lot going on." 

Ed Cornell—Video Vet: The changes I'm going through with my 
work is from years and years of shooting where everything was 
preplanned. I used to have actors, set and shots down to a science, 
but after a while I discovered everything is an outtake to be massaged 
and manipulated in post-production. I'm jealous of the times when 
I was more innocent to what happens to a project. You only have 
a certain amount of energy you can spew out to personal work 
without getting anything back. For instance, the idea of a venue to 
show projects is such a farce, even when you try to work with 
somebody outside the festival realm. It's usually a guy in a bar 
saying, "Hey, Kid, bring your tape and monitor and sound system 
and audience and sure, you can show." I can only speak from my 
own locality, but people used to encourage you to show ten or 
fifteen years ago. Now it's not so much as discourage, but it's a 
business and I never approached things that way. In hindsight, I 
feel that maybe I should have because of the political ramifications. 
I started out as a painter before I got into video. You get that 
instant gratification from painting. You can do ten paintings in one 
year and get something back from each painting—I don't mean 
financially either. It takes ten years to do ten videos so it takes ten 
ties as long to solve the problems so this 4s the frustrating part. 
It's all for a goal but the unfortunate part is that you have to be 
a social animal to be shown or else you're ostracized. It's funny 
because for a lot of years people put me down because I wasn't a 
purist. I wasn't doing video art and I wasn't making movies either. 
People would say, "Don't sit on the fence. What do you want to 
do?" Well, I was doing what I wanted to do. Now those same 
people, the purists, are combining experimental and narrative. There's 
a definite shift towards it. Like everybody wants to be David Lynch 
now. I always thought he was the best cinematographer around, 
but he's gotten just as morally and politically bankrupt as everybody 
else. People are blinded by science. Everybody wants to wash his 
feet and polish his ass with their nose but I think he really lost it 
after Wild At Heart. He's like the seven year old kid that stole the 
girlie magazine and went into the bathroom to jerk off and now 
he's trying to make the sleaziest girlie magazines himself. I've decided 
to get back into the human condition, especially after the war. I've 
got two young daughters and my family seems much more important 
to me now than 
anything, any 
video, since the 
end of the 
thing. I mean 
the fighting is 
over, but we're 
going to be 
paying for this 
in a lot of ways 
for a lot of 
years. " 














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Publishing a small press publication need not, for the most of 
you, be a highly organized or complicated activity. Many of you 
editors also act as the typesetter, mailboy and circulation manager, 
i.e. you are the entire staff. But once a publication has three, four 
or more staff members the various jobs can and probably should 
be divided up amongst the members. 

Sometimes the lack of diversifying the authority and responsibility 
can create problems. Staff members need to feel they are wanted 
at the publication and play a role there. Even contributors should 
be listened to by staff members. Many people who just write for a 
publication may not continue to write if they feel that their material 
is accepted only to fill up space or that the editor doesn't have time 
to go over the material with the writer. 

The following are descriptions of various jobs that are involved 
in almost any publication, be it a political journal or a monthly 
newspaper. Before beginning any publication it is best to have the 


various positions filled and each person know what responsibilities 
he/she has rather than trying to learn as you go. 

The PUBLISHER. This person is responsible for every issue, 
financially and ethically. When a publication is sued for libel, the 
publisher is the person who takes responsibility for the suit. Even 
if the publication is TIME magazine and a large corporation, the 
publisher is on the firing line. Likewise the publisher also negotiates 
any type of contract, whether written or verbal, with printers, 
advertisers, landlords for office space and so on. On small 
publications the publisher is usually the owner of the publication 
and is responsible for seeing that money is available for paying 
contributors and the printer. 

The EDITOR. The editor of any publication has the duty to see 
to it that there are enough stories, photos, drawings to put out the 
next edition. The editor will work with writers, artists and 
contributors to ensure the right kind of material is being prepared 
for his/her publication. (By right kind of material I mean that which 
adheres to the editorial mandate of the publication. A pro-abortion 
newspaper would turn down a cartoon supporting anti-abortion 
legislation.) The editor also works with the advertising personnel to 
arrange space for advertisements. The editor will usually design the 
layout of each issue with the help of the staff. 

The ADVERTISING MANAGER. This person will, in many a 
smaller publication, comprise the entire advertising staff. The 
advertising manager will scrounge the area of distribution looking 
for potential advertisers, make deals with them and produce the ads 
for them, usually showing them the ad copy before it runs. (Warning, 
don't let advertisers ask to see the ad more than once. If they have 
changes, take down iheir requests and change the ad but if they 
see riie ad again, they'll probably want more changes. So make it 
a strict policy of one viewing and if the advertiser says the daily 
newspaper will keep showing them theiiLjid til it's perfect/ don't 
believe it. I worked in the ad department of a 37,000 circulation 
daily, and we didn't give anyone that kind of royal treatment.) The 
ad manager usually has a set amount of ad space to sell, set by 
the publisher in correllation with number of pages of the next issue 
and cost of production. Publications may or may not limit types of 





Nekromantik 

(70 min.) This 
German classic is 
a 10 on the 
squirm-o-meter 
as the disen¬ 
franchised youth 
of Deutschland 
find uses for the 
not-so-recently- 
deceased. Oddly, 
it’s a love story 
too... $29.95 




min.) Campy 
and cartoon-like 
with bright colors 
and elastic 
(though 

somewhat blood 
drenched) gags, 
this comic-nerd 
short is a hoot! 
Directed by 
Christian Gore 
$9.95 


Cool Teenager 
from the Planet X 

(60 min.) A 
docudrama that 
follows a skate- 
punk and his 
attempts at 
survival in the 
industrial 
wilderness of 
Detroit. 

$ 20.00 


























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advertising accepted. A feminist magazine, I doubt, would accept 
ads from, what a local drug dealer in Terre Haute refers to as, a 
"Titty bar" (a tavern that features strippers). Likewise a local 
community gay paper would turned down in all probability an ad 
from the local moral majority chapter (didn't Jerry Fallwell disband 
that group anyway?). 

In choosing an advertising manager a publication must find a 
person willing to work a long time for little money. An ad manager 
gets a set wage plus a percentage of the ad monies received but 
on the small press level usually must stick with the percentage. 
Must have the stick to it attitude because of the high turn down 
of advertisers to a new publication. 

The TYPESETTER. This person may be the only one on staff to 
have access to a computer system that can print out quality type 
for offset-lithography printing or photocopy printing methods. She/he 
sets stories into columns, writes the headlines and puts together the 
ads. Depending on the computer system, this may all be done on 
the computer disc and printed out full pages at a time rather than 
having the staff piece it together with rubber cement. 

The CIRCULATION MANAGER. The CM is responsible for seeing 
the copies get into the reader's hands. If the publication is a free 
monthly magazine given out at stores, bars and restaurants the CM 
will get permission ahead of time to leave copies at these locations. 
When the publication is printed the CM will drive around and drop 
copies off. If the publication is mailed to paid subscribers, the CM 
will make a list of them, address copies and deal with the post 
office. The CM will keep track of subscriber's deadlines for 
resubscribing, deposit subscription checks and make checks for 
mailing supplies (stamps, envelopes, labels). If the publication is 
locally oriented the CM will have to deal with the local news agency 
that deals with out of town papers that are supplied to supermarkets 
and drug stores and so on. Usually the news agency will want 40-60 
percent of the cover price. So if a magazine runs a dollar, the news 
agency will get 40-60 cents on each copy sold. (Next issue will be 
devoted to distribution with comments already found in Mirkwood 
from various editors more experienced than I). If the publication has 
a national interest (in effect it is not devoted to just local news, but 
is related to say politics on a national level) the CM must handle 
selling copies through distributors in other states. % 

The COPY EDITOR. The copy editor is someone who has a good 
eye for spelling errors and sentence structure. This should be 
somebody besides the person who typesets the copy due to the fact 
that many of us who spend a long time at the keyboard tend to 
see copy on the screen as we thought we typed it rather than the 
way it appears. For anyone who wants to see an example of bad 
copy editing can send me $4 and I'll send them the home published 
version of Stalking the Wild Reader complete with a lot spelled 
"alot". 

BUSINESS MANAGER AND BOOKKEEPER. The positions can 
be one and the same person. Basically any person who can juggle 
numbers and keep a budget figured out. Keeps track of who and 
what gets paid i.e. staff, printer, rent. And keeps track of who owes 
the publication i.e. advertisers, distributors. Another function that 
can be served by the publisher. 

REPORTERS, ARTISTS and CONTRIBUTORS. These people are 
responsible to the editor for filling the pages with news and other 
material for publication. The editor assigns stories to be covered, 
and also reporters are encouraged to come up with their own ideas 
for stories. Basically anyone submitting material for publication is a 
reporter, whether writing about a riot in New York for the SHADOW, 
creating a parody of Madalyn Murray O'Hair for the anarchist journal 
THE MATCH! or writing poetry for whatever (reporting one's 
thoughts in this case). 

These jobs can be accomplished amoung many people or a few 
people can hold many titles and responsibilities. There also a few 
ways of organizing these people into a publishing body. There are 
single owner proprietorships where the owner is totally in charge 
and makes most of the editorial decisions and all the financial ones 
because the publication operates on her/his money. 

There is another type of publishing concern such as a partnership 
of two or more where every owner has an equal amount of 
repsonsibility and financial liability. 

There is also the cooperative where everyone has an equal voice 
in decision making and every story, advertisement and most editorial 
policy is made by popular vote of the staff. This works well when 
everyone has the same viewpoint as to where the publication is 


heading. If not there can be disaster in which nobody can agree 
and little gets done. A cooperative may decide to have a rotating 
leadership in which people are chosen to make the day to day 
decisions and only major ideas like editorials and financial decisions 
are made by a vote. 

The next columns will be devoted to distributing of periodicals. 
The following is a list of observations by one of my Mirkwood 
columnists in response to my last column's tale of a failed editor. 
It is an abreviated portion of his letter. 

Dear Joe, 

I'm afraid your FISHING HOLE story is all too typical. A lot of 
real-world failures result from: 

1. Lack of a czar at the top, with a vision, to give meaning and 
direction to the enterprise, and make damn sure everyone toes the 
line or gets out. 

2. Inadequate financing (though this is less important than most 
people would believe). 

3. No believable business plan, with reachable goals, and a budget 
that everyone adheres to, and knows when they've met it. 

4. And something that affects a lot of mainstream start-ups: A 
total lack of professionalism in the staff, and lack of personal pride 
of accomplishment from each member. In the New York publishing 
scene you run across Harvard MBA's who talk a marvelous story, 
but actually don't know shit from Shinola—but they know all the 
best restaurants. 

Happy landings, 

Hal Speer 

For those who remember the tale, the editor with the problems 
was a thinly disguised Fishing Hole writer who gave it his fling as 
his own boss and decided to work for someone else for a living. 

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EXPERIODDICA 

by Bob Grumman 

Recently four publications devoted to visual poetry have come 
out: KALDRONA 21/22, VISUAL POETRY, STATION UNDER¬ 
GROUND and ROBERT LAX AND CONCRETE POETRY. Conse¬ 
quently, that genre will be the focus of this, the tenth installment 
of my FACTSHEET FIVE survey of experioddica. Visual poetry is, 
at its best, about the easiest kind of un- or anti-orthodox poetry to 
like. Take, for example, the following specimen by George Swede: 

M SS NG 
Thiiief! 

Here a thiefs contraband is clearly and amusingly shown rather 
than verbally described. A vivid picture is thus created in a minimum 
of words, one of the main aims of any kind of poetry. Another 
thing I like about Swede's poem is that its device, the deletion of 
letters to make a simple point (in a fresh way), is extended—the 
deletion is repeated in reverse to show what happened to the missing 
letters. Too many visual poets would have been satisfied with "M 
SS NG." 

Swede's poem is from KALDRON 21/22, which is available for 
$10 from Karl Kempton, Box 7164, Halcyon, CA 93421-7164. It 
contains selected works from VISUALOG 3, an exhibition of visual 
poetry and related matter that was scheduled to open on San Luis 
Obispo late last fall but....Well, it's a story common in the world 
of experioddica. I'm afraid. A seemingly ideal exhibition space had 
popped up and a group of San Luis Obispo artists had quickly 
gotten permission to use it. They then arranged with Kempton for 
an exhibition of verbo-visual artworks. In 40 days or so he frantically 
gathered pieces from every inhabited continent except, I guess, 
Africa, got them organized, and put out an issue of KALDRON as 
a catalog. The exhibition organizers, however, failed to make sure 
that their space was bureaucratically viable—which in our super-reg¬ 
ulated world is always more important than any other kind of 
viability, and should be the first thing taken care of by any would-be 
show-organizer. Hence, the exhibition was shut down by a fire code 
(the the government officials considerately allowed a two-hour 
pre-exhibition showing to be held on 10 October). 

Meanwhile, the local newspaper ran a nicely-done preview of 
the show by Nicholas Campbell, and later reported on the show's 
shut down. Eventually a new space, in a mall, was found, and the 
show went on in late January of this year. Early this April it was 
shown again in Beacon, New York, according to one of my New 
York sources—so it seems to have survived its shaky start. 

The catalog for the visualog show contains around 55 works on 
48 13" by 10" pages. They range from vizlation (i.e. visual art) of 
minimal textuality to poetry that is just barely vizlational. The 
selection thus pretty completely represents the verbo-visual contin¬ 
uum. It begins, on its cover, with a fine collage by Fernando Aguiar 
depicting a sea of letters that a boat with four men in it is being 
rowed through. In other words, it is entirely an illustration—except 
that its subject happens to be, in part, language. The same is true 
of two charming drawings within by Aaron Flores, one of them 
depicting two people sharing a thought-balloon, the other depicting 
a butterly-woman whose legs come together in a pencil point—which 
is in the process of writing something. 

At the other end of the verbo-visual continuum is Karl Young's 
version of a poem by Wang Wei. In this the texture of the paper 
used and the arrangement of the text's letters add an appropriately 
Oriental serenity to the work but do not make it visual poem (which 
is not to belittle it, for it is a fine poem, anyway). 

Avelino De Araujo, Florivaldo Menezes and Noboru Izumi 
contribute engaging pieces somewhere in the middle of the 
continuum—but featuring typography out of music such as eighth- 
notes and thus adding the third major art to KALDRON's brew. 
The Menezes might be the most appealing work in the entire 
collection. Certainly it demonstrates what I take to be visual poetry 
at its best. It consists of three "snapshots" of a single view that 
seems at first to be of staved notes (notes on a musical staff, that 
is), then changes to ponded ducks, then ponded swans—at night. 
It is all based on the similarity between the letters of a text (in this 
case, a musical text) and something visual, (in this case, water 
fowl)—but it puts us in all sorts of dreams of music-as-ultimate-se- 


renity; or music as what Nature ultimately dissolves into; or language 
as the final essence; or existence as a myriad-minded swirl; or artistic 
creativity as the highest form of exploration...wings, liquidity, final 
Grace. 

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Perhaps I've gone overboard here, but it seems to me that not 
only Meneze's poem but as many as twenty of the poems in 
KALDRON 21/22 hit notes as high as poetry can reach. Carol 
Stetser's two "hierograms," for instance, wonderfully use high-science 
abstraction against primitive reminders of the past to convey (for 
me) both the archaic roots of Man's Quest for Truth and its glorious 
plunge beyond those roots. And the excerpt from jwcurry's eight-part 
"Letter to Paul" (mistakenly attributed to Greg Evason), uses cut-out 
strips of sentence-fragments jumbled into the center of a ltter 
consisting of just the words, "dear paul:" repeated scores of times, 
and "yrs, jwc," repeated a similar number of times, to say just 
about all there is to say of the tangled complexity of language and 
relationship that happens between every serious hello and goodbye. 

I wish I had space to mention all the other KALDRON selections 
I think top-notch! 

VISUAL POETRY is more upscale than KALDRON 21/22 and 
most of the other stuff I generally review here but interesting 
nonetheless. A catalog for a show curated by Peter Frank that took 
place in L.A. this fall, it is available for $5 from the Otis/Parsons 
Gallery at 2401 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057. I found out 
about it from Judith Hoffberg's UMBRELLA ($15/yr from Box 40100, 
Pasadena, CA 91114), which continues to be about the best vizlation 
source around. 

VISUAL POETRY includes nine illustrations in full color. It also 
boasts essays by Alain Arias-Misson, Peter Frank and Eugenio Miccini 
which are informative and worth reading—though Arias-Misson's 
characterization of visual poetry as something that is lived is not too 
taxonomically helpful. After the essays comes a poem by Sarenco 
to his "dear poet friends"—who are "drunkards/ and thieves and 
delinquents/ potential assassins adulterers/ turbulent anarchical and 
as/ treacherous as circumstance requires," and so forth for about 
150 bouncy, amiable lines. Eleven artworks, one each by each of 
the men in the exhibit, round off the catalog. Many of them seem 
more collages than poems to me—indeed, only two definitely fit my 
own definition of visual poetry: a flurry of letters by Julian Blaine 
called, "My First Symbolic and Metaphysical Primer," and a 
three-dimensional poem by Ian Hamilton Finlay called "Installation 
view." In the Blaine piece, a jumble of blue letters precipitates out 
of a blue haze to form the words, "rouge et jaune"—or "red and 
yellow!" Something about the idea of blue's somehow creating 
all-that-it-is-not through words strikes me a powerfully compelling— 
but I'm a sucker for any kind of word-emergence visual poem. The 
Finlay piece seems equally simple—a description of running water 
that takes up a full wall and intimates the up-and-down of 
brookwater, then, after a colon, literally turns a corner —to spell, 
"Revolution!" 

I have a theory about the ways people react to such poems. It 
is based on my belief that people can divided into three 
personality-types I have named the "rigidnik," the "flimsian" and 
the "freeranger." Of these, only the third is capable of appreciating 
poems like Finlay's. The rigidnik, you see, is too tied to the expected 
to be anything but irritated by a text which suddenly changes 
direction, physically. He might understand this intellectually, but his 
inflexibility will prevent his flowing with it sufficiently—with his 
whole being—to get over the pain of Tradition's being overturned. 











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The flimsian, on the other hand / is too mush-brained to have 
any serious ties to the way things have been done in the past 
(however intellectually aware of them he might be). He will therefore 
accept the poem's change of direction instantly, painlessly—vacu¬ 
ously. Only the freeranger will have both the loyalty to the past 
and the limbemess to flow elsewhere to be able to feel this pain of 
a tradition's being broken and the joy of healing into an enlarged 
outlook that that pain makes possible. Thus, the Finlay poem, and 
others like it, will cause the rigidnik to say, "Ecccchh," the flimsian 
to ask, "So what?"—and superior types like you and me, dear 
readers, simply to sigh in rapture. 

Well. Now that I've introduced the world to my three 
personality-types FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER IN PRINT, it 
seems a little anti-climactic to return to my original topic, but I have 
quite a few more words to type if I expect to feed my cats this 
month, so I can't stop here. Anyway, my personality-types aren't 
that original, for they aren't really much different from David 
Reisman's inner-directed, other-directed and autonomous types, as 
discussed in his classic, THE LONELY CROWD. So if you want to 
say, "So what," to them, I won't call you a flimsian. 

Except for a fine excerpt from Tom Phillips' HUMAMENT, the 
other works in the VISUAL POETRY impress me less than the ones 
I've so far mentioned but are generally at least visually appealing. 
For the most part, I prefer the works collected by Lucien Seul for 
this STATION UNDERGROUND (available from Suel, 102. de 
Guarbecque, Berguette 62330 Isbergues, France, price unknown). It 
contains two or three pieces from each of the following: John M. 
Bennett, Jake Berry, Jonathan Brannen, jwcurry. Bill DiMichele, Crag 
Hill, G. Huth, Karl Kempton, Joseph Keppler, M. Kettner, Trudy 
Mercer, Mike Miskowski, Harry Polkinhorn, Chris Winkler and t. 
Winter-Damon as well as collaborations between curry and Greg 
Eva son, curry and Qaani Lore, and Kempton and Loris Essary. 
Nearly all of these names should be familiar to readers of this 
column. 

The collection begins with a Keppler piece that's just a labeled 
representation of the ocean, but its second, also by Keppler, is one 
of my favorites of his: a crucifix of fine print—scriptures, perhaps. 
In front of it floats the word, "POETRY"—literacy's redeemer. The 
works that follow are nearly all of high-caliber, but I particularly 
liked Mercer's "decAy," Huth's "view," Kempton's "Poem, A 
Mapping," and the selections by Brannen, curry and Hill. 

Mercer's "Decay" consists of just the word, "DECAY," with its 
A shown crumbling, and discoloring, into fragments—decaying, in 
other words. Just the kind of thing to annoy a rigidnik, and make 
a flimsian shrug. But its A is girderlike and enormous—perhaps ten 
times the size of the other letters in the piece. It thus rockets up 

out of its otherwise man¬ 
nerly text like a cancerous 
mountain of high-rise, 
techno-progressive anti- 
Nature and makes it 
point against Urban De¬ 
velopment with maximal 
forcefulness. 

I lack space to say 
anything more about the 
+ ^ pieces in the Suel collec- 

/ tion—except that that col- 

lection is first-rate, and 
that it is especially nice 
for a critic to see good 
work of his contemporar¬ 
ies getting anthologized 
overseas. 

The final publication 

under review here, ROBERT LAX AND CONCRETE POETRY, is 
available for $6 ppd from the U.B. Foundation, SUNY at Buffalo, 
The Poetry/Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260. 

It is a catalog of an exhibition that was held from 1 December 1990 
through 20 January 1991 at Buffalo State College. It featured works 
by Robert Lax, with additional material from the university's 

Poetry/Rare Books collection—as well as three works commissioned 
especially for the affair from Lax, Ian Hamilton Finlay and bill bissett, 
which are reproduced in the catalog. (Some 130 artists not 

represented in the catalog, I should add, have work included in the 
exhibition, and they include many whom I've spoken of in this 



column such as Karl Kempton, John M. Bennett, Bern Porter and 
Loris Essary—but none of them, so far as I know, is under 40, 
which is a defect, but standard, unfortunately, for University-operated 
shows funded, as this one was, by banks.) 

Also standard, apparently, for such shows are superficial, 
condescending reviews. This one had one such by BUFFALO NEWS 
art critic, Richard Huntington, who considers concrete poetry (aka 
"visual poetry") "as anti get-out-and-get-under-the-moon poetry as 
it can be." The truth is, however, concrete poetry has often featured 
moon-based lyrics, most notably in the work of Ronald Johnson. 
Huntington makes other foolish statements based on insufficient 
knowledge of his subject, such as a definition of concrete poetry as 
"the word stripped naked, torn from its happy home in literature 
and forced to stand bolt upright on the harsh stage of the white 
page." That, indeed, is the case in many concrete poems, but 
certainly not in all or even the majority of them. Worse, Huntington 
spends all his review generalizing, making no attempt to exemplify 
in detail any of the works under consideration and explaining what, 
in his view, is good and bad about it, and why. I waste all this 
space complaining because otherstream art so consistently gets either 
shallow or no notice from the mainstream, and it deserves better. 

Fortunately, the Lax show catalog includes a longish discussion 
of concrete poetry and Lax's contribution to it by Mary Ellen Solt. 
Her discussion of one of the most interesting works of Lax, a 9-frame 
sequence called "Red & Blue," though marred by a reproduction of 
the sequence out of order, is especially illuminating. Lax's piece 
consists of nothing but the words, "red," "white," and "blue," 
arranged in columns, two to a page. It seems boring, to say the 
least, but Solt makes a convincing case for a high lyricism's residing 
in its variably-sized patches of negative space, changes in the heights 
of it s columns with respect to each other, and the repetition of the • 
color-words until they almost must take on symbolism and connote 
blood (or humanity), sky (or Nature-minus-Man) and something 
beyond color (spirituality). Thus for her, "Red & Blue" is not only 
a kind of celebration of pure color, but "can be read as a series of 
nine interrelated ideograms that make a profound statement about 
the interrelatedness of the human (red), the natural (blue) and the 
spiritual (white)." I agree. 

Later Solt is near-perfect again in a critique of Lax's "the stone/ 
the sea." This poem consists of nothing but repetitions of "the 
stone," "the sea," "water," and "stone," and achieves "sound poetry" 
by the simple device of suddenly, after many iambs (or weak then 
strong beats), saying just "stone." This causes the aesthcipient all 
at once to hear (and see) the weight of the stone—and consequently 
the litheness of the previously chanted "water." And he feels, if he 
is susceptible to it, all the more vigorously the eternal jar of the 
sea against the land. 

The rest of the catalog contains some fine black&white pieces by 
Lax, John Furnival, bill bissett, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Bob Cobbing 
and bp Nichol, two classics by Eugen Gomringer and Harold de 
Campos, and two unattributed samples of current zine experimen¬ 
tation, one of which could be a Miekal And poem. It has two color 
works, too: one by Lax called "red red blue" that I frankly don't 
quite get, and one called, "King" by Finlay, which is wonderfully 
gory. 

Near the end of the catalog Michael Basinski and Robert J. 
Bertholf, who helped organize the show, sneak in a short essay that 
acknowledges the valuable contribution to vizlature (i.e., verb/visual 
art) of such under-forties as Liz Was, Bob Z., and Crag Hill, and 
of the kind of zine such as MALLIFE that I have been concerned 
with in this column over the past few years, and that our Aeditor 
has been reviewing for far longer than that. While the poetry zine 
world might seem haphazard and insignificant, say Basinski and 
Bertholf, "in its fanatic and fantastic approach (it) has firmly 
maintained its principle directive, to create a space where new forms 
of literary expression can germinate, grow and develop. The necessity 
of indicating and protecting this creative space was a direct response 
to the dominant stagnancy of American poetry, which rewards its 
practitioners with tenured positions, and cloistered and protected the 
poetics of narrative conformity." I couldn't have said it better myself. 

Conclusion: it is gratifying that vizlature is starting to get so 
much attention, so of it establishment attention. I hope there will 
be more such shows for me to report on in the future—and that 
they will finally become seriously discussed (rather than merely 
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WHY PUBLISH? 

Mikel, COHOLLICAN PRODUCTIONS: 

Let's start with a fact that Pve mythologized in the author's 
biography section of each of my books: I started writing, dedicated 
my life to the pursuit of becoming a self-supporting writer, began 
using the value of my writing as my sense of self-worth, at age 13 
after watching a particularly bad made for TV movie. This would 
be cute if I were 18 or 20 or something; but I am now 32. I published 
my first book at age 30 and have done one each year since. I 
publish because after near twenty years of writing if I were to judge 
myself by the quantity of my writing I have conned "real" publishers 
into publishing, I would think of myself as a zero. And I'd rather 
not do that. 

There are maybe ten million (less than 1/2 or 1% of the pop., 
seems fair) of us out here who know we want to put our words 
out and hope they can mean something near as much to others as 
they have meant to us. The world of "real" publishing seems at 
best a fixed lottery, at worst a closed fraternity. That reality does 
not mean I cannot put words together in a sentence like order; it 
just means that those who govern "real" publishing have not chosen 
me to be their star for a day just yet. And maybe they never will. 

But I have always been my own star of my very own movie 
and since I can figure out how to put books out and do enjoy it 
and it makes me feel better, and my son likes calling me a writer 
and since we've got books to point to that let us both say it's 
so...WHY NOT PUBLISH? 

★ ★★★★ 

Dawn Anderson, BACKLASH: 

I found I could not come up with a single answer to that question, 
so I quit. 

★ ★★★★ 

Molly Gill, THE RADICAL FEMINIST: 

I publish because I have to. I must write, express my thoughts, 
and pass on info to others. I hope to raise the consciousness of 
women (and men) to the debilitating problems, of women and 
children especially. (A society is judged by how it treats its women 
and children, and animals). 

I love the communication with readers and other writers and 
editors. I love the choices open by having my own newsletter. I have 
a theory that many or most writers were denied expression of their 
own thoughts as children and had egocentric parents engrossed in 
expressing themselves rather than listening to children who might 
not be reflecting on the parents' ideas. (Shades of Feud, but he was 
often on-target). To trace sources to parents is not to blame them, 
as they had their own problems. 

When things start rolling out of my head, they are lost in their 
best form if not utilized. SO I may find myself sitting at the 
typewriter, stark naked, and hungry for breakfast and coffee, because 
something has started rolling out of my head. I almost never sit 
down and think about what I could write about or say. Meditation 
(TM) brings it to the fore. My best creativity is post-meditation. This 
is what makes FSF so important to the non-conformist; it provides 
a forum and market place for the all-important self-expression, 
self-testing, and self-esteem. 

★ ★★★★ 

Shannon Frach, BROWNBAG PRESS/HYACINTH HOUSE: 

I publish because I feel that 90 percent of what passes for 
"literature" these days is, for the largest part, a king-sized bag of 
dogshit. Generally, it either tends to be pompous, bombastic crap 
spewed out of the gobbling, anemic, puppet-like mouths of art farts 
who wouldn't know good writing if it hit them on the head like a 
goddamned anvil from Mars, or quasi-literate, misspelled, misbegot¬ 
ten scrawlings barely worthy of appearing on a junior high bathroom 
wall, much less a nationally distributed publication. 

I'm staring, for instance, at a file of submissions—I actually have 
enough submissions to print up several different zines right now, 
but I'm holding out for quality. Naturally, what constitutes "quality" 
for you and what constitutes "quality" for me may well be different 
issues. For my part. I'm looking for force, vigor, boldness, 
extremism—I'm looking for writings that will leap off the page and 
rip the reader's jugular vein open—in a pleasant, literary kind of 
way, of course. 

I publish because I'm looking for men, women, and representa¬ 
tives of all the available human gender options who still know what 


words are and what to do with them. I want to be in the company 
of wordsmiths. I'm looking for wild, decadent Hell-Women who can 
make pages burn and jump to screaming life on command. I want 
to make the acquaintance of thundering, swaggering, brass-balled 
Overlords who utilize their innate verbal talents to demolish normal 
life forms until they skitter away like a pack of degraded lemmings. 

I want to publish strong, viciously outrageous writers who never 
learned how to apologize. Additionally, I also want to actively 
encourage those individuals who, after finally having arrived at the 
painful realization that they will never fit into this idiotic, 
cookie-cutter world served up by the maleficent, brain-addled 
Dipshits in Command, will boldly stand up and realize that they 
can still claim the option of not crumbling to anyone else's dictates, 
whims, or visions of reality. Escape, revenge, and healing can all 
begin with an act as simple as unsheathing a Bic ballpoint. We have 
the power to write the greedheads and losers out of any given 
scenario, and to write ourselves in. 

All I want is to provide a low-cost forum for the tiny handful 
of people remaining on this green, spinning dunghill we deem to 
call the Earth who understand the mystical, forceful power of words. 
In the final analysis, L publish because I'm a blazing malcontent 
who just happens to think that if there's any salvation left for 
humankind, it lies in words and having the raw conviction, bravery, 
humor, vision, and power to use them for everything they're worth. 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Sonny D. Gardener, FREDERICK'S LAMENT: 

Why publish? That's easy. I wanted to write for the tabloids; 
now they write for me. 

I am an occultist playing with the psychological phenomenon of 
cognitive closure. The mind supplies the missing pieces to complete 
the paper-doll puzzle, arranging and rearranging bits and pieces into 
patterns—words, numbers, inventions, relationships, societies, etc., 
in its search for meaning and a way back home. Thus, to the 
unconscious mind, "Earth" becomes :he, rat, rate, at, heat, hearth, 
tear, heart, Ra, [bjreath," etc. This is commonly known as reading 
between the lines. Some are gifted/cursed with this ability/disability. 

Advertisers influence responses by such subliminal stimulation 
and suggestion. Use it to your advantage. Whether awake or asleep, 
we are all ad agents. Suggested movie: John Carpenter's They Live. 
Suggested reading: Vivekananda's JHANA YOGA. Think about the 
term "reverse psychology." 

Each one desires wholeness, the completeness symbolised by the 
archetype of The Self (i.e., Frederick). Frederick affected many and, 
even in death, continues to do so. He demonstrates that good/bad 
does not (cannot) exist in isolation: it stands side-by-side, two halfs 
of one cosmic coin. After all , God (dog) is Satan (Santa), depending 
on your point of view. In the end, our motives are the same, only 
the methods differ. 

Every quality has its place as a harmonious part of all Creations. 
The unconscious mind (the so-called Higher Self) recognizes the 
witch's pentagram and the policeman's star as one and the same. 
When such apparent opposites are resolved by the conscious mind, 
peace reigns (reins, rains). This is the purpose of evolution. 

Free will is earned through self discovery, the bottom line for 
publishing. The man in the iron mask gazes into the mirror. Does 
he like what he sees reflected there Life + Death = Synchronicity. 

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FACTSHEET FIVE #42 



MONK: What is Buddha? 

MASTER: Don't talk in your sleep. 

You can look at the world with a naked mind—as free as possible 
of assumptions—or you can interpret events as if they were all 
scenes in a melodrama, a cops-and-robbers flick. 

What Albert Ellis called excessive moralism—the moralism that 
results in unnecessary violence—abounded on both sides during the 
Persian Gulf War. 

Nihilism makes no assurances and frightens many for that reason, 
but it partakes of a certain intellectual honesty without which 
genuinely social behavior—free of destructive illusions—is impossible. 

How many, I wonder, recall that Kuwait was in the news just 
prior to the Iraqi invasion? That kingdom announced it would not 
abide by OPEC production limits in the coming year. 

Bush called the Iraqi invasion that followed an unprovoked attack. 

Not once during the war did I hear or read any reminders about 
the Kuwaiti decision at the expense of oil-producing nations and of 
benefit to Western-based multinational oil companies. (Nearly all the 
articles about Garrison's prosecution of me in the late 1960s carried 
a line at the end refreshing everyone's memory that the Warren 
Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone killed 
John F. Kennedy.) 

My sympathies don't extend far in the direction of oil producers 
or of governments, let alone both. Besides, I suspect OPEC is 
blackmailed by Nazi scientists with alternative energy production 
formulas that could make fossil fuels obsolete overnight. 

But when excessive and extortive oil profits remain in the Third 
World, more wealth trickles down to the desperately poor than when 
they wind up—as previous to OPEC's creation—in the hands of First 
World multinationals. 

So you can see Kuwait's spoiled little rich kid of a king as a 
scab on OPEC—which, in turn, makes the Iraqi invasion a punitive 
expedition. As such, it was indeed the "great moral victory" Saddam 
called it—much to Bush's annoyance. Every oil well in the country 
has been incapacitated for years. Saying that has "no military value" 
is like saying making General MacArthur post-war Emperor of Japan 
had "no military value." 

As for the much-touted damage to the environment caused by 
some six hundred burning oil wells, that is also something about 
which the media dares to insult public intelligence. How many 
people are unaware that internal combustion engines bum petroleum 
and that oil is therefore pumped and exported for the purpose of, 
besides greasing a few wheels, being burned? What is the difference 
in terms of environmental damage of spreading grease all over the 
planet and then burning it—as opposed to simply burning it all at 
its point of origin? 

Certainly the column of smoke rising over Kuwait—causing rich 
merchants to wring their hands and cry—is more dramatic than the 
usual more invisible method of pollution. But then the net income 
of the major oil companies increased, according to the NEW YORK 

TIMES, by 666% in the fourth quarter of 1991 over last year_so 

we cannot even honestly say their tears are over lost fortunes. 

What seems to me to be going on behind the scenes—and not 


very well hidden behind them at that—is a 
struggle between the Western-based multina¬ 
tionals (also probably blackmailed by Nazis) 
and OPEC. Giving the First World capitalist 
economy a shot in the arm by tearing OPEC 
apart seems the goal of First World politicians 
now dominating the United Nations. 

Meanwhile, as if the din of cheap tin-horn 
patriotism were not deafening enough, the 
mass media is staging a melodrama instead of 
reporting the news. As Peter Jennings said 
early on, "The first casualty in time of war if 
often the truth." Viet Nam started out with a 
similar propaganda blitz, but lasted long 
enough for the lies, omissions and distortions 
to be worn down in adversarial debate. 

All the moralistic sugar-coating of the 
Persian Gulf War remains as the nation turns 
its attention now to other things—lingering 
illusions, alive and well. Can the rest of the 
world afford many such illusions among a 
people armed with Star Wars technology? Isn't 
the simple-minded religious fanaticism of the 
Middle East already sufficient moralistic melodrama unto itself? 

About 80% of the American people—most of whom think they 
should fear the nihilists instead of us fearing them—thought this 
war was justified. About the same percentage of test subjects were 
willing to pull a lever they thought would possibly electrocute a 
human being when ordered to do so by an anonymous man in a 
lab technician's white coat. Most people would rather kill for no 
reason than think for themselves. 

Known methods of snapping them out of that hypnotic ‘ 
trance—and that appears to be just what it is—are long and involved 
and must be applied on a one-to-one basis (shrink and patient, guru 
and disciple or whatever) with little indication that they work any 
better than random chance or spontaneous remission. 

Figure out how to wake everybody up at one and you might 
save the world. Just don't expect any help from the corporate media. 

There are those, of course, who say that dropping the equivalent 
of one Hiroshima atom bomb on Iraq and occupied Kuwait each 
day was necessary killing. In the words of a Pentagon official, they 
disagreed with us but were nevertheless willing to risk their lives 
defending our right to express our opinion. That cliche always sounds 
good, but actually every modern war has decreased freedom in 
America—bringing with it greater bureaucratic restriction and higher 
taxes. With the possible exceptions of the American Revolutionary 
War and the Civil War—and many scholars of history convincingly 
dispute that even they were exceptions—in this country, freedom's 
worst enemy has usually been war. 

A group of businessmen were asked to write down all the things 
they worried about in the course of a typical day. Three months 
later they were asked to examine their lists and decide how many 
of the things they wrote down were actually worth worrying about, 
actually became—or would have been—problems. Would you believe 
5%? 

So much for the odds that Saddam, without UN intervention, 
would have gone on to conquer the world or would have developed 
a nuclear strike capacity (with only enough radioactive material to 
make one atom bomb 
anyhow) or would have 
eradicated Israel—a na¬ 
tion probably with as 
much to fear from 
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wait (if my theory of 
Nazi blackmail is cor¬ 
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Oka Golf Course: 
Opening Ceremonies 

by Misha 
Art by Mezmer 


At the close of the fourth world Spotted Owl Woman launches 
off the juniper tree and swoops down to survey all that has 
happened. 

We hear the huffing of her wingbeats as she flies over a large 
emerald eye scarred into the land by fire. 

This is a sterile place, the grass only a suppurating mold scabbing 
over the wounded soil. 

Real Adders slither out of the holes punctured into the ground 
wiith the poles of stark white banners. Man-eaters work the greens. 
We have sacrificed a white dog, and as the new winter begins, we 
entreat Jouskeha to blaze the ice off the water hazards. 

At the forefront of the first hole, just west of the sand trap, we 
wait for the toss of the feathered lance. The rachis of a crow feather 
silvers in the wind. 

You see how the horses will stampede from the four directions. 
They stand at the star points of the course. White from the north, 
red from the east, yellow from the south and black from the west. 

The horse we ride is spotted all colors. An Appaloosa come 
northeast to run the day's course. 

The rough consists of nettle, ivy, 
sweetgrass and poison sumac. The 
redwings holler from the cattails and 
a black badger snarls at the newly 
hardened asphalt trail. 

A warning wind of red souls 
sweeps the green and tips off the 
fluorescent visors of the players. We 
will caddie their clubs. A brave from 
the north chooses a number one 
driver. South, brave grasps a nine 
iron. The carts wait at the red ribbon. 

The players cut the red ribbon just 
as the vessels of blood are cut on 
the red mans land. 

We gather the reins of our horses 
who pick up their feet in rapid 
succession, running in place, hooves 
anxious to gash the soft cushion of 
turf on the plush greens. We pink 
Indians move in the space between 
two worlds. Was it my mother who 
said pink was the color of love? The 
color of the early sky, the color of 
entrails splashed across the carpet of 
green-blood seeping in rivulets into 
the 18 holes. Mother, pink is the color 
of stone bridges arching between 
earth and fire. 

The golfers speak in hushed tones. 

Leather bags like white stones in a 
graveyard. Our horse snorts at the 
temptation of forbidden grass. Only 
white men walk here. White men in 
dinner mint shirts and nail studded 
shoes. 

A pock-marked ball is placed on 
a tee where a killdeer's nest once 
held speckled eggs. 

A flag flutters as the arm swings 
back, the whip of the club through 
the air masks the sound of the 
singing arrow which strikes the golfer 
straight above the alligator and he 
sinks to his knees in the newly mown 
grass. 


Flaming arrows sink foxes and nipples snf twisted green gators 
and the golfers fall like sickled tulips. 

Our horses trumpet terrible neighs and our hearts rush to the 
thunder of hooves as we gallop over the soft grass. Gods of turf 
fly behind us and powders of thistle down billow from our medicine 
bags. 

Our hands hold the slippery clubs, mecate reins, cunning knives, 
twisted manes, cutting coup with amazing accuracy. 

The facade of peace is sung by a meadowlark. False smiles, false 
faces, the green of money, of astroturf, of emerals on the ladies 
white earlobes under the yellow visors. Yellow shirts, yellow horses 
scattering the golden sand in the trap now holding gamesters instead 
of rubber bound balls. Sand and blood, the molten color of the 
horses haunches, the red carts, the bloody flecks on the warriors 
faces streaked with black. The spider black of horses, of fear, of 
the moist earth throwing off suffocating lawns under the stark white 
of scraped bone, white around the Appaloosa eye, the white of new 
snow falling on the reclaimed reservation land and the yellowish 
white of the fourth world, strangling to death under the filth of 
cash and the treachery of numbers. 

Tell me powaka-when you miss the putt do you blame the 
velvet, the nap, the wind, or the Mohawks at Oka? 









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Music from this issue which has a Music Access number [MA#] 
will be on that system starting the first week in May. Remember, 
if you send your music to Music Access, we will give you preferential 
treatment as far a s getting a prompt review goes. 

Music reviews are by Karin Falcone (KF), Tom Gogola (TG), Mike 
Gunderloy (MG), Geof Huth (GH), Kurt Lemming (KL), Bob 
Lukomski (RJL), William Meckley (WM), Carol Schutzbank (CS), Kyle 
Silfer (KS), Robin Somerill (RS), Dina Williams (DW), Dan Wrzesinski 
(DW2) and Phil Zampino (PMZ). 

( ), self-titled ($3 from Vinyl Manor Recordings, PO Box 

85852, Seattle, WA 98105): The band's name is drawn as a squoggle 
and pronounced as a scream, and we can't reproduce either one 
here.The music is a combination of hollering, bits of TV-show theme 
songs, sax, early punk and who knows what else—sort of a musical 
melting pot. Very active, with lots going on in the mix and talent 
that would probably get better press if their name wasn't so dumb. 
(45/MG) _ 

27 DEVILS JOKING, "The Sucking Effect" (Rave Records, PO 
Box 40075, Philadelphia, PA 19106): Garage grunge heavy-guitar 
psychedelia from the great state of New Mexico. These boys get 
out there and bash some music around, leaning hard and long on 
their strings. The result is energetic music with songs like "Walking 
in the Dark"and the breaking up is hard to do song "So Long, 
Good Luck, Goodbye & Fuck You". Zooming Gila monster madness. 
(LP/MG) 

27TH CITY, self titled (Joseph Zake, 1804 W. Division, Chicago, 
IL 60622) A four piece Chicago rock'n'roll band, using psychedelic 
guitar rhythms and leads backed up by easy going bass and drums. 
Not a "pound it out" band because these guys need not thrash in 
order to draw attention to themselves. The vocals add that special 
twist with the sa me easy going attitude and poeti c lyrics. (T/RS) 

THE 27 VARIOUS, "Granny Smith" b/w "E too D" ( Susstones, 
PO Box 6426, Minneapolis, MN 55406) Side one slips soothingly by 
with the pleading lyrics of "Granny Smith" backed up with ethereal 
"OOHS" and "AAHS" all fitted nicely into 4/4 timing. Upon flipping 
of the disc, and placing of the needle one should brace oneself for 
the onslaught to follow. Side two, although not really all that hard, 
is a definite switch from the latter, with a definite Led Zeppelin 
influence. Well, th ey're versatile. (45/RS) _ 

360'S, "Texas" b/w "Wild Roads" (Link Records, 121 W. 27th St., 
Suite 401, New York, NY 10001): Rock music that can't make up 


its mind if it's Killing Joke, Big Black, 
or good old AOR. The guitar solos 
help decide. (45/RJL) 

"60 Minutes With the NCCC" ($7 
from Nine Muses Press, PO Box 821, 
Nicasio, CA 94946): "NCCC" sounds 
for "Northern California Collective 
Consciousness", and this is mellow 
music with some spoken word 
missed in. Maybe I'm not PC enough 
or something, but I have the bad 
feeling a lot of their humor sailed 
right by me—what, for example, is 
the point of "Stars", a deadpan 
reading of the way famous folks have 
died? Also available is an excerpt 
from "Uncle Tad Baker's Mens' 
Club", in this case a rant by the 
Professor on the dangers of highway 
masturbation. (T/MG) 

ABSOLUTE INSANITY, "Don't 
WoiTy, Be Happy" ($4 from Karl 
Robinson, 9723 Checkerboard, Hous¬ 
ton, TX 77096): 13 songs of excellent 
hardcore punk. A lot of it is rage at 
those destroying the world, though 
they do work in a loud love song or 
two. The sound quality is not the 
greatest, but the energy and aggres¬ 
sion is, and for the price this is 
definitely a demo worth checking 
out. (T/MG) __ 

ACCIDENTS OF BRILLIANCE, 
"Scratchpad" (Presence Records, PO Box 2502, Houston, TX 77001): 
A solo project from Reginald Butler, this one lies somewhere in the 
electronic netherworld between jazz and New Age. Bright and 
bouncy, it packs a substantial wake-up punch. Skittery keyboards 
are the core of the sound, with lots of quick changes throughout 
(T/MG)[MA#1190] _ 

ACID BONES, "Dead Boy", "Bone White" b/w "Mother Supe¬ 
rior", "Son of Sound" (Dead Issue Records, PO Box 1645, Staten 
Island, NY 10314) Metal, of the heavy sort, with the added benefit 
of dark melody and drooling rythms. The drummer has some fun 
with tinkling chimes as well as using the rest of the set to it's 
fullest, and the thick guitar thunders above and drones below. If 
any band could take the stage by storm it would definitely be these 
guys. (7"/RS) __ 

CIVIL ALLEN, "Peregrination" ($4 from Power Coat Records, 
2500 Knights Rd. #1376, Bensalem, PA 19020-3410): Vaguely New 
Age instrumental tracks put together with a good deal of grace. 
Allen shepherds his MIDI equipment through its paces, evoking 
thoughts of rebirth and spring, counterpoised by quiet fall moments. 
(T/MG)[MA#1191] _ 

ALL OF MY HUMMINGBIRDS HAVE ALIBIS, self titled ($8.00 
from Minoy Cassette Works, 923 West 232 St., Torrance, CA, 90502) 
Atmospheric industrial with clangs, chimes, whistles and ethereal 
mall music all twisted with electronic distortion to become something 
of quite another nature. Not grating or harsh; actually rather a 
soothing experience. (T/RS) 

AND ALSO THE TREES, "Farewell to the Shade," (Troy Records, 
PO Box 2013, Venice, CA 90294-2103): Gothic, brooding rock in the 
tradition of the Cure, although despite a 10-year-plus music career. 
And Also the Trees has never made the US impact that the former 
band has. This album has similar lush, atmospheric guitars as 4AD 
artists This Mortal Coil or the Cocteau Twins. The overwhelmingly 
Gothic tone (Cure brooder Robert Smith remixes "The Pear Tree" 
for the Trees) and lyric bombast, however, make "Shade" of interest 
only to gloom and doom rockers or longtime Trees listeners. (T/DW) 

ANGWAJNA, "Slither" ($5 from Hal McGee, PO Box 3637, Apollo 
Beach, FL 33572): A1 Margolis and Chris Phinney are both big names 
in the experimental music cassette culture. Here they play together, 
synthesizing wild soundscapes with plenty of rhythm, strings, 
synthesized madness and percussion. Eeriness prevails, and although 
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contemplate in their music. (T/MG) 

ANIMAL SLAVES, "A Fine End" (DYB, Box 327, 810 W. 
Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C9, CANADA): Funky music, heavy 
on the bass lines and all swirling about the manic vocals of Elizabeth 
Fischer, who seems to have a rather troubled imagination. These 
are desperate songs for desperate times, with "End of the Night" 
(featuring guitar help from Elliott Sharp) standing out. 

(CD/MG)[M A# 1192]_ 

ANTISEEN, "Walking Dead" b/w "Haunted House" (Ajax 
Records, PO Box 146882, Chicago, IL 60614) Biker punk with ugly, 
guttural vocals over straight forward simple progressions. The two 
songs are on a b grade or less horror theme, the first an '88 tune 
of an interim Antiseen lineup singing "Walking Dead," with horror 
sound effects stuck in the middle. In "Haunted House" the singer 
refuses to leave his house of the same. Neither is particularly 
frightening, nor is it musically interesting, simply grinding from start 
to stop. A big yawn. (45/PMZ) 

APPALACHIAN DEATH RIDE, "Butterfly" b/w "Dark Flower" 
and "George" (Lovehammer Records, PO Box 10073, Columbus, OH 
43201) Pressed on RED vinyl and sleeved with a cover of a blue 
man with wings on his head provides a great visual for the music 
spewing from the speakers. Tight drumming, "fuzz bass", and 
grundgy guitar prevail over the vocals but don't overpower. (7"/RS) 
ARCANE, "Destination Unknown" (Wild Rags Records, 2207 W. 
Whittier Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640): Texan speed metal with more 
hair on the back cover than you've probably seen in one place for 
a long time. Though fast, their music is more on the progressive 
side than in the grindcore arena, with the notes being clearly distinct. 
More like a well-tuned racing car than a charging Mac truck. (LP/MG) 
ROD ARGENT, "Red House" (Relativity, 187-07 Henderson Ave., 
Hollis, NY 11423): A released on Relativity's Musical Masters 
Collection. Argent plays light and mellow jazz with little bits Of the 
blues, mostly instrumentals though he does sneak a vocal track or 
two in. This is gentle material, evocative of walks in the woods and 


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MARK ARM "The Freewheelin' Mark Arm" (Sub Pop, POB 20645, 
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of War," epic by delivering it straight from the heart, with no 
bullshit. The cover art is a doctored Freewheelin' cover with Dylan 
and his arm-in-arm companion wearing gas masks, and the back 
cover cuts and pastes Nat HentofPs original liner notes, inserting 
Arm's name in Dylan's spot. The B side, "My Life With Rickets" 
lifts (with due credit) the "Bo Didley" riff, and is the story of a 
man getting beat up by a transsexual, while living with a disease 
that "makes my gums bleed/I got a calcium deficiency." The inspired 
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THE ASTRONAUTS, "Constitution" b/w "Please Don't Come 
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England) Nine members in this band that play art rock with a poppy, 
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flute. Lead vocals, sung by Mark Wilkins, have a Morrisey quality 
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of easygoing Brit-pop that chugs along quite nicely without ever 
getting too flowery. The second side features Mark with just one 
other feller that emphasizes fuller production values and superior 
singing. It's too bad that there are only three songs on this side; 
the lush atmosphere created ends too quickly before you can get 

"in orbit". (LP/RJL)__ 

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industrial electronic dance music, and this album is another 
high-grade notch in their handle. Six tracks of heavy rhythms and 
bursty electronics with weirded-out vocals, it's a complete toe-tapper, 
one that cannot be denied. A solid presence. (T/MG)[MA#1193] 

AUDREY SMILEY, self-titled ($6.75 from 414 S. Griffith Park Dr., 
Burbank, CA 91506): Cleverly-arranged three-piece guitar rock that's 
well enough done that one does not realize for quite a while that 
the entire rhythm section is the bass guitar, no drums. The trio 
trades off on lead vocals, moving from lighthearted upbeat numbers 
like "Jack O. Lantern" to smoother, darker contemplative songs like 
"Losing Proposition" with ease. Very professional stuff, not copying 
any style but developing their own update to the pop idiom. 
(T/MG)[MA#1194] _ 

AXEL GRINDERS, "Apparatus of Love" b/w "Don't Hurry, Be 
Sappy" (Dionysus Records, PO Box 1975, Burbank, CA 91507): 
Grungy music imported from New Zealand and pressed on clear 
vinyl. Lots of sheer noise here, screaming, guitars run amuck; those 
who wish carefully-constructed music should go elsewhere. The 
devolved descendants of garage rock. (45/MG) 

BAD MUTHA GOOSE AND THE BROTHERS GRIMM, "Tower 
of Babel" (Alpha International Records, 1080 N. Delaware Ave., 
Philadelphia, PA 19125): Funky rap from down Texas way. The 
showcased song here is "Be Somebody", an exhortation to get out 
there and make something of yourself, penned with the justified 
arrogance of success. "Time To Get" features some great high speed 
vocal riffing—this is downright fun music. (T/MG) [MA#1195] 

THE BARRACUDAS, "The Complete EMI Recordings" 
(CapitolEMI of Canada, 3109 American Dr., Mississauga, ONT, L4V 
1B2, CANADA): Over an hour of late-70's surf-pop with just the 
occasional hint of punk, including three previously unreleased tracks. 
"Summer Fun" and "The KGB (Made a Man Out of Me)" are among 
the archetypically catchy tunes here, blasting guitars, non-stop 
drumming, and in ane harmonized vocals. Fun stu ff. (CD/MG) 

BASE APES, "Basement Masquerade Vol 5, Live at Rockin' 
Robins" ($3 from Utjsen Recordings, PO Box 134, Waynesville, MO 
65583) Metalloid thrash trio playing live at Rockin' Robins in Missouri. 
With heavy distortion riffs, quick solos, lots of cymbals, and a 
distanced ape-like vocal rant, titles like "Maggots" and "Manual 
Dissection" are these ape's interests. Though the band is tight 
enough, their approach is repetitious, as though the same song was 
rehashed 11 times; this is not helped by the in-audience recording 
with plenty of crowd reaction. You wouldn't miss much staying 
home. (T/PMZ) _ 

BEAT HAPPENING, "Dreamy" (Sub Pop Records, 1932 First Ave, 
Suite 1103, Seattle, WA 96101) Beat Happening is still playing a 
unique blend of naively displaced rock; a don't care, can't play 
attitude of spotty success. The first side is slow, Calvin's vocals 
bored and even out of tune, though Heather carries some pretty 
tunes. It's the second side that takes off, first with "Collide," a 
strong song stripped to its essential energies, and "Revolution Come 
and Gone," where the vocals are so obviated and angular that they 
are unavoidably interesting. Unfortunately these are mixed with less 
inspired songs, which is part of the on and off quality that takes 
the punch out of this record. (LP/PMZ) _ 

THE BELL RAYS, self-titled (690 W. Blaine, Riverside, CA 92507): 
Lisa Vennum's strong vocals make this band immediately memorable, 
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JELLO BIAFRA WITH NOMEANSNO, "The Sky is Falling and 
I Want My Mommy" ($7.50 from Alternative Tentacles, PO Box 
11458, San Francisco, CA 94101): More heavy-duty high-ideology 
music, with Jello ranting over a heavy punk background. "Bruce's 
Diary" is an instant classic, a simple tale of the things They do to 
enslve us. "The Myth is Real - Let's Eat" is another one, with Jello 
still trying to wak e the youth up. Good luck. (LP /MG) 

BIG O PRODUCTIONS, "Raggadubbin' UK" (ROIR, 611 Broad¬ 
way #411, New York, NY 10012): Dub versions of the latest 
underground reggae from the marginal minority nightclubs of 
London. Lots of funky rhythms here, synthetic noises that make no 
pretense of being anything else, cool funky grooves to move your 
tail. I would have appreciated liner notes telling me a tad more 
about the musicians and a tad less about the movement, but 

otherwise, a great release. (T/MG) _ 

BITE THE WAX TADPOLE, "O.D. On Bourgeoisie Boy Milk" 
(Sound of Pig, PO Box 150022, Brooklyn, NY 11215-0001) Strange, 
overdubbed, mild, madness filtered through very strong bass 
rhythms and low lying guitar squeeks and spurts. Vocals are strictly 
spoken word much like those of Alan Ginsberg. The words are 
actually taken from Captain Beefheart, as well as Rudolph Hess, 
and set to the soun ds of twittering birds and skippin g records. (T/RS) 
BLACKGIRLS, "Happy" ($15.50 CD/$9 LP or tape from Mammoth 
Mail Order, Carr Mill 2nd Floor, Carrboro, NC 27510): Another fine 
album from this unique female trio of guitar, piano, and violin with 
vocals that go from screeches to harmonies. This is indeed happier 
than their last album, although the happiness is more in the lyrics 
than the still-aggressive, buzzsaw core of their sound. There are. 
gentler numbers here too, including some very nice combined 
singing, and plenty of depths to delve into. A complex, challenging, 
wonderful piece o f idiosyncratic music. (CD/MG)[M A# 1196] 

BLACK INDIAN, "Vanishing American" (War Party Music, 2921 
Shirley Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73116): Long, rolling dirge rock 
compositions. Thunderous drums/throbbing bass pierced by edgy 
guitar/zombie vocals/hang-ten keyboard. The Indian motif works for 
me. I see these guys at the end of ten miles of extension cord, 
somewhere out on the windswept plains, playing under a bloated 
harvest moon until dawn breaks and they collapse from utter 
exhaustion. Honest I do. One-sided, splatter blue vin yl. Cool. (EP/KS) 
BLUE MEANIES, "Nude Ain't Crude" (5416 Blodgett, Downers 
& Grove, II., 60195) From southern Illinois comes this enjoyable 
funkadelic-style groovethang, complete with wah-wah, modified 
dub-style reggae, and the popping Chili Pepper bass that oh-so-many 
boys are bopping to. "Too Much Shit" jumps back and forth between 
an melancholy backbeat with wonderful horn playing and very, very, 
very fast punk. The title track is an anti-PMRC, pro nakedness ditty. 
Get the Funk Out! (T/TG) _ 

BOILED IN LEAD, "Orb" (Atomic Theory, PO Box 1122, 
Minneapolis, MN 55458): More great wild world-folk music with 
electric touches and a bizarre sense of humor. Their material ranges 
from the bluegrass "Hard Times" (about President McKinley's 
assassination) to the "Armenian grunge" song "Harout". Appala¬ 
chian, psychobilly, Swedish drinking songs; who knows what these 
boys will come up with next? The only thing you can be sure of 
is that it will be fi ne, fine music. (CD/MG)[MA#11 97j 

BONGOHEAD, "Penelope" w/ "Shackles & Bones" (Coconut Boy 
Records, PO Box 17, Metuchen, NJ 08840-0017) A couple of nice 
pop tunes from this NY/NJ trio, using funky rhythms with straight 
beats over which decent guitar solos are played. What's strange is 
that, as generally upbeat as they sound, the topics are about a 
young girl ("Penelope") in parental conflict as she associates with 
boulevard punks, and a serial killer ("Shackles & Bones") escaping 
justice. Not exactly happy material, yet the music never gives a 
hint. They say that they don't take themselves too seriously, but 
I'd say that the music doesn't integrate well with the point of the 
songs. (T/PMZ) 

BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS, "Live Hardcore Worldwide" 
(Jive c/o RCA, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036): 

I dunno whether this is really rap's first "legit" live record (as the 
PR claims) or not, but it is one fine piece of loud hip-hop, recorded 
in London, New York, and Paris. Hits here include "Stop the 
Violence", "South Bronx" and "The Eye Opener". If you dig hip-hop. 






























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this is a must have; if you want to sample this aggressive school 
of verbalizing, it's a decent place to start. (CD/MG ) 

BOROX ORGY, self-titled ($5 from K. Kreider, Box 70791, 
Washington, DC 20024) A refreshingly silly pop rock trio that crosses 
a Camper Van sound with Zappa's 'Water Turn Black' influences, 
and maybe a little Red Kross (probably because they claim to have 
a former member of the Brady Bunch in their band). It's a strange 
jangly sound with layered vocal ridiculousness and humorous lyrics, 
not the tightest or most technical you've ever heard (practice material 
included), but it's a relaxed and unpretentious, never leaving melody 
far behind. Odd packaging of good quality tape in a shabby insert, 
the 16 songs are recorded 3 times in a row over the entire tape. 

(T/FMZ) _ 

THE BOUNTY, "Walk With The Giants" (H.M.S., 2147 1/2 W. 
Broad St, Columbus, OH 43223) Nice guitar pop borrowing far too 
heavily from the U2 mold, particularly in a strained emotional vocal 
take. While they play some good hooks with decent instrumental 
interplay and occassionally expressive lyrics, it's offset by the obvious 
influences they're reaching for, and the diched images and insipid 
metaphors that result from trying to write like another band. The 
results are pretty and melodic with a bland emotive sense of a 
sameness that isn't even their own; I'd be interested to hear what 
this band could do if they applied their talents to their own unique 

vision. (LP/PMZ) __ 

BOY IN LOVE, "On TV, How do I love thee? Let me count the 
ways. Channel 3, Channel 5...." ($3 from Dave Schall, PO Box 2143, 
Stow, OH 44224): This one is somewhere between cute and cheesy, 
cruddy whining punk/pop that focuses on television. Sometimes it 
degenerates into confused spoken word, but mostly it is TV-inspired 
songs combines with junior high toile rock. "Use Your Penis" says 

it all. (T/MG) __ 

BRAINBOMBS, "Anne Frank" & "No Guilt" (BBC, Box 6170, 102 
33 Stockholm, Sweden) A lone trumpet opens the loudly muddled 
noise fest of this Stockholm band's single. With a bombastic sound 
of clatterous cymbals, cranking and whining guitar and heavy bass, 
a weirded out, mutated voice indecipherably rants, drawing an image 
of "Anne Frank" I'd never previously conceived. "No Guilt" comes 
closer to the concept of a song with a thrash cut that continues the 
rant. One big, noi sy, purposely messy single. (7'7 PMZ) 

BRAZIL CLASSICS 3, "Forro Etc." (Luaka Bop, Inc., 75 
Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019-6908) Artists well versed in 
traditional Brazilian folk music that have headed for a more 
commercial way of creating their music, and a way of making it 
more accessible to the world. This work is still being compiled by 
David Byrne, who describes Forro as music sounding most like a 
combination of ska and polka. (T/RS) 

BREAKDOWN, "Killing Time" ($3.50 from Ken Helwig, PO Box 
641, Saratoga, CA 95071): This three piece has a sound that's mainly 
punk, with an undercurrent of anger, but with an overlay of cheerful 
poppiness. The result is some definite confusion, hopeful lyrics over 
crunchy music, love songs with thrashing chords behind them. It's 
rather different, a nd strangely attractive. (EP/MG) 

THE BREATHERS, "Bullet Kiss" (129 Lindsey Ct., Franklin Park, 
NJ 08823): Four songs of fairly light college-oriented pop/rock music. 
"Beautiful" is the best of the bunch, a strong closer that is loaded 
with melody and easy to hum along to before it's over. Impeccably 
polished and doin g well on the charts. (CD/MG) 

BROMPTON COCKTAIL, self-titled ($5 from 1117 W. Benton 
St., Iowa City, IA 52246): A lot of zines are refusing to review tapes 
these days. This is a prime example of why we continue to do so—I 
wouldn't have missed this one for the world. Brompton Cocktail 
have a hard-driving alternative sound, sort of college rock, but with 
great anarchist lyrics. "My Kingdom For A Horse" is almost sarcastic, 
while "All You Have to Give" rubs people's noses in the realities 
of workaday drudgery. Jennifer McLeary puts a lot into the vocals, 
and she's ably bac ked on this winner. (T/MG)[MA f 1198] 

BULLETBOYS, "Freak Show" (Warner Bros., 3300 Warner Blvd., 
Burbank, CA 91505): These guys sound like they grew up listening 
to Van Halen, soaking it into their pores, and now it's sweating 
back out. I don't really mind, since they do that classic guitar 
pyrotechnics gig better than either that band or David Lee Roth 
these days. It's not real deep music, but it puts forth an amazing 
amount of sound, and for some, that's what it's a ll about. (T/MG) 
BULLS BLOOD LABORATORY, "2/91" ($5 or trade from Wayne 


N., 1615 East Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148) Perhaps folk 
noise comes closest to describing this tape: the recurring elements 
are electric and acoustic guitars in a folkish mode of relaxed 
progressions and slow picking. This is set over distanced noisy 
drums, interjected sounds and percussive instruments, including 
kalimba. These elements become the basis of abstracted spoken word 
pieces, voice overdubs (including John Cage), and meandering 
mournful songs. Pleasantly confused and wandering nicely, devel¬ 
oping some nice moments. (T/PMZ) _ 

BUTTERFIELD 8, "Euclid Ave." ($12 from Banana Records, PO 
Box 16621, Cleveland, OH 44116): Simple pop, glimmering with 
strongly melodic guitar lines and Jim Butterfield's mellow singing. 
Backed with plenty of harmonizing vocals as well as a nice harmonica 
line on "Oh, Theresa", this release has plenty of nice ear candy to 

hum along to. (C D/MG)[MA# 1199] _ 

BUTTSTEAK, "Fatty's Got More Blood" (Merkin Records, 310 E. 
Biddle St., Baltimore, MD 21202): Twenty six tracks of sonic madness. 
These people (number and name unknown) lash together mistuned 
guitars, found sounds, yowling and just plain noise in the course 
of this CD. It churns and roils, avoiding any predictability beyond 
that of chaos, and switches from Sonic Youth dissonance to brief 
bursts of melody at the drop of a guitar. (CD/MG ) 

THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS, "Piouhgd" (Rough Trade, 611 
Broadway, Suite 311, NY, NY 10012) If this album were half as 
weird as the sleeve photos, we'd be all set. But Butthole Surfers 
with strings? Well, string-like synth anyway. What was once a 
psycho-crunch warped band has become a forced humor bland. A 
Jesus and Mary Chain take off? Sax sections with organ? "Blindman" 
is the only real Surfer cut on the disk, but it's not enough. Check 
out the press sheet: "their most accessible and diverse work..." 
"mainstream acceptance is a goal..." Not what I'd expect from 
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by this or dancey Jackofficer junk. Really disappoi nting. (LP/PMZ) 
CAPPING DAY, "Post No Bills" (Popllama Products, PO Box 
95364, Seattle, WA 98145-2364): Lush pop music full of visions made 
more real by the harmonies between Laura Weller and Bonnie 
Hammond. They do produce lovely music, with ideas a-skitter in 
all directions, ready to enfold the listener with is prettyness. If all 
you know of Seattle is Sub Pop, you're in for a pleasant surprise. 
(CD/MG)[M A# 1200]_ 

KID CAPRI, "Kid Capri: The Tape" (Cold Chillin'/Warner 
Brothers, 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505): Storytelling rap 
that wanders from straight a capella rhyming to bass-heavy hip-hop 
beats. Capri has a talent for lyrics and observation, and a vigilante 
sense of justice—he recommends stringing up child abusers, and 
"Billy" has to cool his scams because Capri is going to tell the cops. 
Law'n'order rap—a somewhat disconcerting combi nation. (T/MG) 

GIORGIO FABBRI CASADEI, "Music for Electric Guitars" 
(Giorgio Fabbri Casadei, Via Alessandrini 4, 47037 Rimini (Fo), 
ITALY): Percussive and dissonant music for electric and prepared 
guitars very much in the spirit—though not the style—of Cage's 
prepared piano. Casadei uses few effects and often no overdubs, 
preferring instead to focus on the timbre and tone of the plucked, 
strummed, or violently struck strings. The compositions he produces 
are hence unhampered by concerns with conventional tuning or 
structure, or so the theory goes. Here the results are quite arresting. 
The sole "cover", a Thelonious Monk piece, fits in seamlessly with 
the original works, which should give you some idea where this 
guy is coming fro m. Excellent. (T/K5) _ 

CATHERINE WHEEL, "Almost Blind" b/w "Sunny Sunday" & 
"Look At Her" (That's Bizzarre Management, PO Box c515 Clarence 
St, Sydney, Australia) Andrea Croft has a very pretty voice that 
harmonizes well; set in clear acoustic pop, it makes a gently and 
lovely sound with a Bangles flavor. "Almost Blind" is the single, 
opening to the sounds of the street, and with it's clear vocal 
production, layering buildup, and radio fade, is recognizable as such. 
To my ears, the shorter b side cuts- "Sunny Sunday," in vocal 
harmony with bassist Grant, and the softer "Look At Her"- are 
more honest and rewarding, with a loose edge that fits well with 
their stylistic grace. (45/PMZ) 

THE CATHERINE WHEEL, "Blue Avenue" b/w "Last Explana¬ 
tion" (TTiats Bizarre Management, PO Box c515, Clarence St. Sydney, 
Australia) Smooth, no-frills pop that supports itself mainly with 
melodic harmonies very similar to those of the Bangles. "Blue 
Avenue" is the original first release of this popular Australian group 
starting off with a slow alto sax progression that builds into a 
comfortable walking pace song. The flip side is more of the same 
soft guitar based pop. (45/RS) _ 

JAMES CHANCE AND THE CONTORTIONISTS, "Soul Exor¬ 
cism" (ROIR, 611 Broadway #411, New York, NY 10012): A rollicking 
punk-flavored jazz performance featuring Chance doing lead vocals 
and plenty of sax, with Patrick Geoggrois's slide guitar playing 


notable in the backup. The tape is split up into songs, but it's almost 
hard to notice; the energy level is so high that it all blends together 
into one manic performance. (T/MG) 

BRIAN CHARLES, "Crystal Forest" (85 4th PI., Brooklyn, NY 
11231): Liquid music which seems to be a cross between modern 
semi-experimental electronics and ancient traditional cultures. With 
wooden whistle in one place and altered vocals in another, a sax 
and some guitar, and plenty of synth, Brian puts together a mutable 
album that's fun t o try to follow. Very upbeat, ver y likable. (T/MG) 

THE BRAIN CHARLES GROUP, demo tape (85 4th PI., Brooklyn, 
NY 11231): This ensemble features Brian on sax, oboe and vocals, 
with others playing percussion, cello and guitar. Ellen Christi adds 
her own vocals to the mix, which ranges from spacy dreamy hypnotic 
to polyrhythmic eclectic multicultural music. Fine stuff, something 
like world beat in its blendings but more relaxed and contemplative. 
(T/MG) [M A# 1201] 

CHEMICAL PEOPLE, "Getaway" b/w BIG DRILL CAR, "Surren¬ 
der" (Cruz Records, PO Box 7756, Long Beach, CA 90807) This split 
7" features covers of old Kiss and Cheap Trick songs, both of which 
are harder and faster than the originals, but not necessarily better. 
When I visualize what a Big Drill Car might sound like, I don't 
quite hear hook-laden cutesy Southern Ca. post-punk, but that's just 
what they chum out. And despite the hype, the Chemical People 
don't sound all that different, although the cartoon of them dressed 
up like various members of Kiss on the cover was good for a 
laugh.(45/TG) _ 

MARLON CHERRY, "Pete" (Fang Records, PO Box 652, New 
York, NY 10009-0652) Poetic lyrics sung in a narrative style prevail 
on this brilliant release. Every piece on this album seems as though 
it was meticulously selected to uphold the amazing quality of the 
whole. All instrumentation (keys, classical ancLrock guitars, drums, 
bass) was done by Marlon himself, who exhibits proficiency in all 
according to his a rt rock style. (LP/RS) _ 

CHLA PET, self-titled (Johann's Face Records, PO Box 479164, 
Chicago, IL 60647) Funk and psychedelia in a Chili Pepper meets 
Hendrix mold are mixed for the college crowd. Mach Fly Boneapart 
handles 'vocal stylisations,' doing the hard white rap rant that 
occassionally throws out an insightful or imagistic line, but generally 
goes on about the ladies, drinking, and how a man should be. 
Behind him, the band plays hard, with funky guitar fills and sax 
riffs, pulling out a nice acid wah jam on "Flyin So High (On Sponge 
Pepper)". All of these elements seem brought down a bit by the 
obvious college intent, but it's a good set of hard rocking funk and 
more. (LP/PMZ) 

CHICKEN CATCHATORY, "Chicken Lickin' 3ood" ($3 CASH 
from SOM Communications, 810 Pine Cone Ln, Colonial Heights, 
VA 23834): "Scruff Metal" that takes some old standards ("Foxy 
Lady", "Give Peace a Chance") and writes new lyrics for them 
(respectively "Spiderman" and :Give Peace a Chance"). They do a 
few originals as well. Basically, it sounds like tinny metal recorded 
in a basement; they had fun, but I'm not sure listeners will. (T/MG) 

CHICKENSHIT LOGJAM, self-titled (Ironclad Records, PO Box 
7762, Rapid City, SD 57709): Four man hardcore outfit from South 
Dakota. This eight song debut LP on their own Ironclad Records 
claims to save listeners from the stagnant hardcore music that is 
flooding today's underground scene, but the stuff on this record has 
not quite measured up to their bold proclamation. Not bad, but it 
won't change the face of hardcore as we know it. (LP/DW2) 

CHILLY UPTOWN, "This is my method" (Ever Rat/Ever Rap, 
PO Box 99284, Seattle, WA 98199): Rap, heavy on the scratching 
and sampling and with some innovative lyrics. There's not a lot to 
distinguish between Chilly's various songs except the words, though, 
and after a while the overall high-treble scratch sound is sort of 
maddening. In a groove, but it's not a very wide one. (T/MG) 

MICHAEL CHOCHOLAK, "Hotwired" (PO Box 38, Cove, OR 
97824): Sharp synthetic work from one of the geniuses of the 
home-taping scene. The stuff here seems to have all sorts of razor 
edges and pointy wires sticking out from it, waiting to snag the 
unwary sonic passers-by. "Vodka & Insects" is my favorite title here, 
which like the rest is very bouncy, quick-change music; a puddle 
of sounds changing character as each sonic event falls in creating 
waves and ripples. Jittery music for an uncertain future. (T/MG) 

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this blast from our neighbors to the north in Quebec sounded it 
would be a spookier Pink Floyd, but the Disturbances didn't waste 
too much time in that vein, and broke into a tight gut-chunk of 
power riffing and sonic speed metal. Lyrically, I thought the guy 
was singing in French, or hate Latin, but realized after awhile that 
it was some mutant scream of English. This is a journey through 
well-traveled territory, and the occassional foray into pastoral guitar 
appregios and wad-blowing solos were took away from the 
moshworthiness of it, which is a critical element to any music of 

this ilk.(T/TG) _ 

COMMAND CO, "Automation Virus Overload" ($5 from Shadow 
Canada, 5 Admiral Rd., Toronto, ONT, M5R 2L4, CANADA): 
Electronic dance/industrial with a great title. Very aggressive beats, 
distorted vocals and guitars, wild pulsing rhythms, and plenty of 
samples give this one a rawer sound than many of the bands in 
the same general area. Straight voltage overload feed to the back 
lobes of your brain. (T/MG)[MA#1202] 

THE CONCEPT, "Homegirl" (American Record Distribution, 1500 
E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, CA 91206): Fairly unexceptional dance 
music in three different mixes. There's a lot of vocal harmonies, a 
quiet beat, and music that's so unimportant to the producers that 
the musicians don't even get credited on the label. Perhaps they 

are all electronic. ( CD/MG) _ 

NORMAN CONQUEST, self-titled ($3.50 from 234 E. 7th St. 
#1FE, New York, NY 10009): Norman sings bad music of the past 
decades—turkeys like "The Bitch is Back" and "Along Comes 
Mary"—in a voice somewhere between Barbra Streisand and Flipper 
(the dolphin, not the punk group). A tinny sax and keyboards 
backing serves to exacerbate the digestive upset. Is this guy for 

real? I hope not. ( T/MG) _ 

CONTENDER, self titled ($6.00 from Purified Rock Music, PO 
Box 444, Gurnee, IL 60031) Fleavy metal from this contemporary 
Christian group with a reverb, jammed out guitar sound and a 
vocalist that sounds as if she grew up listening to Pat Benatar. Story 
line verses with repetetive choruses and fast breaks into guitar solos 
that shred for God. (T/RS)_ 


COUNT ZEE, "Orgy of Seven" and WIMPY HICKSTER, "Circle 
Sanctuary" ($3 from Utsjen Records, PO Box 134, Waynesville, MO 
65583): A split tape of high-energy guitar bands. Count Zee goes 
in for a fuzzy sound, very much out of the garage, but focused 
almost entirely on lead guitar. Wimpy Hickster is perhaps more 
playful, with the William Tell Overture intruding into their metallic 
slugfest at one point. (T/MG)[MA#1510j 

COVERT, "Bang Bang" (American Record Distribution, 1500 E. 
Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, CA 91206): Three different mixes of a 
single piece of club dance music. The beat is strong, the lyrics are 
just about what you would expect—joyful thoughts of doing the 
"bang bang" with a couple of women. Covert seem pretty happy 
to be themselves, or pretty full of hubris, one or the other. (EP/MG) 
CRACKS IN THE SIDEWALK, "Fucker's Concerto" (Runk 
Records, PO Box 4672, Albuquerque, NM 87196): Aggressive rock 
with plenty of changeup tempos and funky bass lines. They start 
off with a classic concert tune-up, but any pretense of classical 
connections vanishes after that as they dive headlong into chewy 
noises. No info accompanies this, not even the band member names, 
but with tune like "Black Rabbit" they seem to be having fun as 

well as cleaning o ut ear canals. (CD/MG) _ 

THE CRASH TEST DUMMIES, "The Ghosts That Haunt Me" 
(Arista Alternative, 6 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019): Eclectic 
modem rock music from a Canadian quartet. They bring in bits of 
jigs, dirges, old Replacements songs, and who knows what else 
here. Brad Roberts' vocals give the impression of sharing a private 
joke with the listener, suggesting there is more to the stories than 
meets the ear. The accordion and mandolin backings lend a nice 

flavor to the stew. (T/MG) _ 

CRAWLING WITH TARTS, "AA Redbox Pahoehoe" ($5.00 from 
ASP, 633 Cleveland St. #4, Oakland, CA 94606-1006) A live radio 
broadcast featuring S. Dycus, Das, M. Gendereau, and C. Neighbors. 
Instruments played include wind instruments, primitive percussion, 
and loops. Often sounding ritualistic then evolving into fits of 
delirium. Sometimes very minimalistic and other times too thick to 
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CRAWLING WITH TARTS, "Death Ranch" ($5 from ASP, 633 
Cleveland St #4, Oakland, CA 94606-1006) This tape releases '87 
material previously available as a bootleg. Unlike their more acoustic 
work, this is a tape of industrial darkness and experimentation; an 
eerily reverberant set of tone pieces. The sound is layered of dense 
and backward tracks, throbbing cycles with feedback gyrations, 
metallic scrapings and slow destruction, all unfolding moodily. The 
exception comes in a whimsical narration on Enquirer-style headlines 
(yes, there is a Rochester, NY), serving to return the drifting listener 
briefly back to reality before being lost once again in these aural 
mutations. (T/PMZ)_ 

CULT OF ONE, self-titled (PMS Records, PO Box 837, Buena 
Park, CA 90621-0837) Debut six song ep from this quartet, filling 
the a side with relaxed rock grooves of a warm sound, and then 
opening up to more rocking numbers on the b side. Several styles 
are heard, from a layed back strongly REM cloned piece, to a funky 
rock tune, a straight rocking piece with more REM influences, and 
an obviously placed mellower FM tune- the recommended DJ cut. 
The playing and vocals are emotional and well done, and everything 
sounds good and tempered and proper, but I keep getting the feeling 
I've heard it all b efore. (EP/PMZ) _ 

CYBERAKTIF, "Tenabrea Vision" (Wax Trax, 1659 N. Damen 
Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) Very much like their Wax Trax counterparts. 
Suicide, with general heavy beats, tonal rhythms, and voice samples- 
heavyduty industrial dance music with a good continuos beat 
perfectly crafted for movement. (T/RS) 

CYCLONE TEMPLE, "I Hate...Therefore I Am" (Combat, 187-07 
Henderson Ave., Hollis, NY 11423): Heavy metal that has some 
good licks and more melody than guitar-strangling, but overall a 
certain flatness. There's a spark that just doesn't quite seem to be 
here, which leaves the cyclone more of a small dust devil. (CD/MG) 

THE CYNICS, "I Don't Need You" b/w "Girl, You're On My 
Mind" (Get Hip Records, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15317) Basic 
down and dirty rock with a couple of songs about girls. "I Don't 
Need You" is about the singer not needing some woman, with a 
Dylan-esque harmonica blowing over the roots of rock riffs, while 
"Girl, You're On My Mind" is about a woman who doesn't need 
the singer. Purely retro rock. (45/PMZ) 

DABECY, "Sabbat" (Darren M. Cutlip, 937 W. Cardinal Dr., 
Sunnyvale, CA 94087) A cassette full of gunshots and electronic 
terrorism at its best. Pieces titled "Scourge", "A Provoked Demon¬ 
stration", and "Government Subversion" as well as others. A strong 
tape release from Dabecy, exemplifying thoughts in a medium that 
is capable of capturing the grotesqueness. (T/RS) 

DAG NASTY, "Can I Say", "Wig Out at Denko's" ($9 from 
Dischord Records, 3819 Beecher St, NW, Washington, DC 20007-1802) 
Dynamic DC hardcore of articulate and considerate views backed 
by demanding, driving music. The vocals are up front, concerned 
with responsibility and actions, very much in the Minor Threat vein 
by subject and execution. That comparison, along with a Fugazi 
similarity, carries into the music, heard in chugging guitar riffs and 
roller coaster dynamics. With so much energy over so much material 
(2 releases on one disk), it can get wearying, but with a little 
programming, that's small criticism for a band that's among the best 
of current hardcore. (CD/PMZ) 

OWEN DAVIS, "Fred MacMurray on Safari" (Too Big Music, PO 
Box 469, Morgantown, WV 26507): Cheerful laid back music, full of 
percussion, easy guitar, and Owen's voice. It's based, so the liner 
notes say, on a couple of years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. 
Owen sings of the mistrust, the relationships, being mistaken for 
the CIA and more. Nice polyrhythmic heartfelt stuff. 
(CD/MG)[M A# 1204]_ 

DAZZLING KILLMEN, "Numb" b/w "Bottom Feeder" (Sawtooth 
Records, PO Box 215, Wood River, IL 62095): Thick syrupy three-piece 
rock, a conglomeration of tracks that at times sounds like they don't 
all belong in one song. Heavy bass, plenty of ominous vocals, 
percussion to make the ears pop. This is the sort of dirty sloppy 
psychosis-inducing music that I have always been partial to, and 
goes well at a vol ume high enough to rattle the w indows. (45/MG) 

DEAD GODS, "Fighting & Killing to Die" (Delinquent Revenge, 
3751 Little Neck Pt. Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452) Ugly ranting 
and grinding hardcore of a low order, very poorly recorded live. 
The show consists of the singer, listed as 'throat'- shouting above 
the basic chords that the band fumbles and stumbles with. Generally 


obnoxious, why a Hendrix cover needed to be rewritten to "'scuse 
me while I fuck the sky" with overdrama tic stupidity is beyond me. 

Skip this one. (T/PMZ)_ 

DECIMATION, "The Dark Embrace" ($5 from 6972 Brandywine 
Rd., Parma Hts., OH 44130): Dark metal with an heavy attitude, 
preaching self-reliance in a sea of troubles. They have a good together 
sound that cuts through a lot of fluff, requiring some emotional 
response on the part of the listener. Neat cover art on this demo 

tape too. (T/MG)[ MA#1205] _ 

DEMOLITION HAMMER, "Tortured Existence" (Century Media, 
1605 N, Cahuenga Blvd. #200, Hollywood, CA 90028): I don't know 
if these guys were med students before they discovered thrash metal, 
or what, but they certainly get the hospitals into their songs. 
Infectious waste, bubonic plague and rabies are just a few of their 
cheerful topics, all over a grinding morass of guitars and heavy 
rhythms. Call out the anesthesiologists! (T/MG) 

MARK DERY, "in mute nostril agony" (Sound of Pig, PO Box 
150022, Brooklyn, NY 11215-0001): This tape was accompanied by 
one of the more eloquent press releases I've come across, and it is 
a good tool for understanding Der/s stuff (though not essential). 
On a more immediate level, his sung-spoken tales are a surreal part 
of the urban/tribal rhythmic soundscape. There's lots of found 
samples over chimes and other interesting, organic percussives. A 
crank phone call to a new age psychic pendulum aligner from a 
guy claiming to have a broken clock is a great lot of fun. It's audibly 
influenced by Ken Nordine's (totally groovy) "Word Jazz", and Dery 
is half of Bite the Wax Tadpole. Highly recommended, literate and 

interesting audiosc apes. (T/KF) _ 

DEVASTATION, "Idolatry" (Combat Records, 187-07 Henderson 
Ave., Hollis, NY 11423): Cor thrash metal^impeccably executed. 
Devastation start this album out with some ominous classical strains, 
but quickly swing it over to mega-guitars and fast-paced vocals. 
Their lyrics have an appropriately apocalyptic feel to them, and the 
whole is designed to leave the listener cowering in paranoid terror. 

(T/MG) _ 

LA DEVIATION, "Inkubox 1717" ($7 cash from Marco Milanesio, 
Via S. Andrea 20, 10048 Vinovo (TO), Italy) This Italian trio seeks 
the darker side that blends rigid rhythms with industrial sounds. 
The translated lyric insert describes literate images of a wanderer's 
sense of life and death in the shadows. These images are introduced 
in narrative fashion over slowly unfolding rhythms, guitar, and synth 
work that is integrated with minimal layers of sustaining generated 
sounds. The mood shifts from a sense of deep shame to a thrust 
of synthetic beats, not always carrying the mood they're seeking, 
but often evoking a feeling of dark perversity that unfolds with 
subtlety. (T/PMZ) 


DINOSAUR JR., "Green Mind" (Sire Records, 75 Rockefeller 
Plaza, 20th Floor, NY, NY 10019) The dissolution of Dinosaur from 
5 men to 3 to 1 leaves just J. Mascis 
producing, performing and writing, 
with a little assistance from drum¬ 
mer Murph and Don Fleming. As 
might be expected, the sound is 
different while still remainging Di¬ 
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loss of the wall of guitar sound, 
and the foreground obviousness of 
the drums; Mascis' voice is also 
more up front and fragile in his 
unique off-tune aching. Overall, it's 
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and some strong hooks, but lacking 
the tempered power that made the 
earlier records so effective. (T/PMZ) 

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sound. Too bad it' s not played as creatively. (45/R JL) 

DOOMWATCH, "Crankin'21" b/w "3 Chord Opera" (Doomwatch 
c/o Zombie Management, PO Box 14281, Pittsburgh, PA 15239-0281) 
They are very loud, and very fast, by definition one might know 
it as "hardcore," but these guys add that thin edge of metal that 
gives them a bolt of lightening to wield as they wish. The screamed 
out vocals and heavy duty instrumentation leave one stunned after 
only one song. I can't even imagine a whole album of this stuff- 

thank goodness it' s a 45. (45/RS) _ 

DO OR DIE, "Crush and Feel It" (Postbox 6043, 1005 EA 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands): This naive, glam-rocking, and 
competent four-piece band play light-duty metal. The 12" by 24" 
sheet inside is a collage of art, xerox and handwritten lyrics, and 
includes a hand clutching a peace sign to remind you this is not 
death metal. Humorless and fluffy lyrics get lead singer Kirsten's 
true hard-rock woman treatment, and she can really sing, and the 
band can really pl ay. Nothing spectacular, but sin cere. (LP/KF) 
DREAMING OUT LOUD, self-titled (Coast to Coast Entertain¬ 
ment, 6253 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028): A three-piece 
rock band which relies a bit too heavily on not-very-harmonized 
vocals, an arena rock trick that falls flat here. "There Snow Beach", 
apparently their flagship number, is the worst example of this—a 
few guitar licks and vocals that sound like a cross between some 
of the crowd sings of Rocky Horror and "We Are The World". 

(T/MG)[MA#1206] _ 

SEAN DRESDEN & JIMMY RAY BAKER, "Unreal! The Music 
of the 60's" (Rockoff, 218 S. Main St, Hightstown, NJ 08520) Spoofing 
the 60's, Baker and Dresden build their own surreal world of fictitious 
bands, compiling and illustrating their importance in a tiny 16 page 
booklet. From folk to pop to pyschedelic to bubblegum, picking on 
the British, surf, and even German pop, these are goofy songs 
recreated with a rash of sixties cliches. And it's not just songs like 
"I Married My Toaster" that make this fun, but the descriptions and 
concocted connections that unify this into a knowledgeably non-se- 
rious tribute, valuing the music of the 60's while still recognizing 
how silly it all was. (T/PMZ) 

SARAH DREW, "Infinite Personality Complex" (Sarah Drew c/o 
The Synaesthe tic Studio, PO Box 12771, Berkely, CA 94701) Sarah's 
voice simmers through the ongoing curtain of simple melody bits 
and vocal and mechanical noise. Lyrics tell stories of the stangest 
sort, or they simply go on talking and talking about what seems 
like nothing and everything all at once. She is truly a witch or a 
magician or an intensly strong person/woman or maybe not even a 
human. All things considered, it is an intensely beautiful work. 
(T/RS) _ 

MARK E, "Sammy Supreme My Man!" ($3 from Mark Robinson 
c/o Teen Beat, PO Box 50373, Washington, DC 20091) Style stealing 
and extending the 7", Unrest's Mark E. stuffs 10 dissimilar songs 
on one disk with a smooth flow of pop, rock, samples, and absurdity. 
The record opens with 90's commentary, then drops to a fluffy 70's 
strum, followed by a Pitchfork- ish punk piece. Sexual stream of 
conciousness over droning synth finishes the 1st side. Side 2 has 
folkish pop, flamenco guitar, a didactic percussive song (the weakest 
spot on the disk), new wavish rock, relaxed country ramble, and 
ends with sampled operatics. An awful lot for one 'single', but done 
with odd eclectic control. (7"/PMZ) _ 



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JOHN EBERLY, "Into White" ($5 from Mumbles, PO Box 8312, 
Wichita, KS 67208): More loose garage blues rock stuff from John, 
who plays with a real joy. The arrangements here seem designed 
to emphasize the fun of playing rock, the sheer exuberance that 
comes from making noise that fits together, and occasionally (as on 
the title cut) dissolves into primal chaos. (T/MG)[MA#1207] 

EMPTY TOMB, "Live Like a Dead Man" ($6 from PO Box 20714, 
Salem, OR 97307-0714): This tight 5 piece thrashcore band offers 
social commentary from a Christian standpoint, so while one song 
gripes about the injustices of the ACLU, another one blames all 
AIDS-related deaths on homosexuals. Lyrics aside. Empty Tomb 
manages to put out some decent quality music—at times breakneck 
speed thrash, other times heavy bass laden mosh parts with a good 
mixture of the two. Deep throated, clear vocals throughout, as 
opposed to your usual incoherent thrash screeching. (T/DW2) 

ESMIRELDA AND HER TEST RESULTS, "Teenage Romance 
Makes Me Sick" ($4 from Martin Murphy, Cat Box Productions, 3238 
Hewitt Ave. #33, Silver Spring, MD 20906): More raucous rock from 
this throaty, ballsy woman with a strong presence. This is a cassette 
single, backed with "The Ballad of Alexandra Lipshitz", and featuring 
Ron Holloway on sax. Happy cheerful outragous music for a good 

time. (T/MG)[MA# 1208]_ 

FAITH NATION, "Subtle Violence" (Dead River Records, PO 
Box 27, Orange Park, FL 32067): Dreamy emotional music, not quite 
metal, more Gothic but without the grandstanding that that implies. 
Lyrically they are quite strong; I was especially taken by "Clock 
Work", which actually could make quite good sense as sociology. 
Very solemn, very strong. (CD/MG)[MA#1209] 

FASTBACKS, "Very Very Powerful Motor" (Popllama Products, 
PO Box 95361, Seattle, WA 98145): Like some bastard halfbreed sired 
by The Ramones and The Go Go's, and distantly related to the 
Bush Tetras, Fastbacks funs amuck through the grungy guitar upbeat 
pop music with a knowing smirk. Lively, raw stuff with a definite 
basement or garag e attitude and an offkilter appe al. (LP/CS) 

FEMBOT, "Whip Stitch Puppets" ($6 from Welcome to My World, 
PO Box 8698, Moscow, ID 83843): A low-tech information age 
extravaganza, replete with cheezy drum machine, cutesy synths, sax, 
and sound bites/vocals. Songs about coffee, being raised by robots, 
and "the Truth" put these Fembots a little closer to traditional spud 
boy territory than you'd think, but Devolution is not an unpleasant 

state to be in. (T/RJL)_ 

FIRE IN THE KITCHEN, "Theory of Everything" (Behemoth 
Records, PO Box 27801, Las Vegas, NV 89102): I enjoyed this band's 
self-produced demo and this record only heightens that. With a light 
sound, part pop, part rock, two guitars, bass and drums, they do 
quirky, friendly songs. They range from the opening heavy-metal 
lyrical parody of "MacDeth" to the emotionally charged "The Fog". 
Good stuff, with a pleasant occasional awkwardness to it. 

(LP/MG)[M A# 1210]_ 

FISHBONE, "Bonin' in the Boneyard" (Columbia Records, 51 W. 
52nd St., New York, NY 10019): Very offbeat strange funky soul 
rock and roll music—a conglomeration of influences and beats in a 
musical melting pot. "Hide Behind My Glasses" is perhaps the most 
accessible song here, and even it is shot through with little bits of 
vocal interplay and musical madness outside the cool traveling 

groove. (CD5/MG)[ MA#1211] _ 

THE FLAMING LIPS, "Unconsciously Screamin'" ($10 from 
Atavistic Video, PO Box 578266, Chicago, IL 60657-8266): Four songs 
on colored vinyl in a wonderful holographic sleeve. The lead cut 
comes from the "In a Priest Driven Ambulance" album, while the 
others are new here, including the hot "Let Me Be It". Aural mayhem 
reigns supreme as the Lips put their guitars and other noise sources 
through a mini-ap ocalypse of psychedelic destructi on. (EP/MG) 
FLESHDIG, "Falling Out of My Skin" (814 N. Dodge, Iowa City, 
IA 52245): These guys have a very funky sound, but it's a hard-edged 
funk, with little bits of metal sneaking in around the edges. They've 
definitely managed to find their own groove, and they move along 
as a tight unit, playing off one another's strengths and weaving 

smoky jarring sou nds as they go. (T/MG) _ 

THE FLESH EATERS, "Dragstrip Riot" (SST Records, PO Box 1, 
Lawndale, CA 90260) Chris D. is back with his old, new (new, old?) 
band, and guess what, the Flesh Eaters sound is back too! A 
combination of hard rocking songs as well as a few lovey, heart 
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soulfully from Chris D. and are backed up well by equally strong 
drums, bass, and guitars. Highlights of this double album are a new 
version of "Agony Shorthand" and title song "Dragstrip Riot". 

(2LP/RS) _ 

FORCE, "A Tone Testament" (2440 16th St. Box 121, San 
Francisco, CA 94103): String music that ranges from eerily avant-gard 
to more or less classical. No credits elucidate who is here, but it 
sounds like several musicians, all building on themes, crashing 
through barriers of consciousness. No easy pieces here, just music 
to stretch the boundaries of the enjoyable and fascinating. (T/MG) 
KRIST FORCE, "Aurora" ($5 from 2440 16th St. Box 121, San 
Francisco, CA 94103): Eerie music featuring lots of strings, samples, 
and slow, tension-inducing rhythms—though at times Force cuts 
loose with a manic energy that reminds one of the Flaming Lips 
and other current noisemongers. There is some truly beautiful music 
here, echoes from the insides of a lonely mind, calling out for human 

contact. (T/MG)_ 

ROBERT FORSTER, "Danger in the Past," (BMG, New York, 
NY): Robert Forster's first solo effort since the Go-Betweens' demise 
is more acoustic and brooding than the band's trademark sunny 
pop. Mick Harvey's lushly sad piano lines are at times spoiled by 
Foster's whiny vocals, but his guitar work is still on-target. This is 
the perfect album for those who like stylistically sophisticated songs 
with more than a bit of pathos, but Forster's self-obsessed songs 
got on my nerves. "Baby Stones" stands out for its infectious hooks 
and heartbroken lyrics, much like the Go-Betweens' "Right Here." 

(T/DW)_ 

MO FOSTER, "Bel Assis" (Relativity, 187-07 Henderson Ave., 
Hollis, NY): No vocals to be found here, not even a smidge. Instead 
Foster offers up lots of very nice instrumental work a la the IRS 
No Speak series. It's not really new age—closer in some ways to 
classical—but there is that "light, airy, upbeat" feeling that tends to 
accompany many new age releases. There's also some light jazz 
influences and just a touch of mellow pop/rock. The sax work is 
particularly pretty and adds a nice richness to it all. This is the kind 
of release that will really appeal to young, loose, semi-hip 
professionals looking for something to mellow out to. Like a General 
Mills Cafe Vienna commercial, "Bel Assis" is for lazy Sunday 


afternoons, and cl ose times with good friends. (T/ CS) 

PETE FOUNTAIN, "Swingin' Blues" (Ranwood Records, 1299 
Ocean Ave #800, Santa Monica, CA 90401): Smooth and mellow sax 
playing with a distinctive New Orleans sound to it. This is all 
instrumentals, with a full swing band backing Fountain. He does 
some classics including "Muskrat Ramble" and even "Amazing 
Grace", plus original tunes. A fine way to spend the afternoon. 

(CD/MG)[M A# 1212]_ 

THE VERNON FRAZER POETRY BAND, "Slam!" ($10 plus 
postage from Vernon Frazer, 132 Woodycrest Drive, East Hartford, 
CT 06118): The recitation on this tape is more declaiming that it 
is speaking or singing, but the poems are backed up by a jazz 
band. The poetry is usually snippets of ideas stuck together (much 
like a pop song), while the style of the playing and of the 
performance as a whole hearkens back to 1950's Bohemia (wherever 
that was). The tape almost falls into the stereotype of the Beat 
poet, beret on head, wagging his goatee'd chin at the cool 
coffeehouse crowd, but the crazy band with a wonderfully squawking 
sax and Frazer's own subtle bass playing turns the stereotype around: 
they're so Beat, they're above stereotype. And looking for a college 

gig. (T/GH) _ 

FUNERAL PARTY, self-titled (Soundbox Records, 345 Riverside 
Dr. #6A, New York, NY 10025): Gothic rock, more or less, but not 
as dull and tedious and gloomy as some examples of that genre. 
Funeral party, led by Todd Sheehan's guitar and Adam Demers' 
bass and vocals, puts a good deal of melody into their material, 
and doesn't feel that it all has to be played at dirge tempo either. 
Reminiscent of Joy Division or the Psychedelic Furs, this material 

shows a good dea l of promise. (LP/MG) _ 

FUN IN THE ENDTIMES, "Fear the Name Saddam" (YZ Discs 
& Tapes, 73 Anndom Ct., North Babylon^ NY 11703): The war 
provoked a bunch of music, all of which is already beginning to 
sound dated. This one isn't much, two tunes (the other titled 
"Homeboy") in minor keys and tense vocals. A reaction to and a 

provocation to hys teria. (T/MG) _ 

GEAR DADDIES, "Billy's Live Bait" (Polygram, 825 Eighth Ave., 
New York, NY 10019): Heartfelt rock shot through with an affecting 
country twang, this is heartland music for the nineties—polished, a 
bit uncertain in its unexpected major label clothing, and hummable. 
Whether it's a desire to drive the Zamboni machine or just a look 
at the "Color of Her Eyes", Billy Dankert and company deliver in 

a fun fiesta. (CP/ MG)[MA#1242] _ 

THE GENERALS, "You'll Eat What We're Cookin" (Chaos 
Network, 3652 Redford #1000, Detroit, MI 48224): Hard rocking fun 
that moves back and forth from an almost bluesy balladness to 
something like thrash. They put in little bits of piano and sax, but 
the core is the guitars and harmonica combination that gives them 
a distinctive sound. Plenty to appreciate here, along with some great 
songs—the rollicking "You weren't Much of a Lady" is a great tune. 

(CD/MG) __ 

THE GENIUS, "Words From The Genius" (Reprise Records, 75 
Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019): The Genius tries to convey 
a message with his lyrics even as he occupies our time with smooth 
seamless rap. Mixing up rap, rhythm, dance and hip hop, and 
topping it off with the messages, you get rap music for the thinking 
person. Not as energetic as MC Hammer, not as intense as Run 
DMC and not as slick as Digital Underground. Instead it's somewhere 

between all of the above. (T/CS) _ 

GHOST RIDER, "Ride" b/w "Destructox Fury" (American 
Frequency, PO Box 100270, Brooklyn, NY 11210): With skulls on the 
label and a clear vinyl pressing, this one seems aimed at the 
collectors' market. It's sure not for music lovers, since the bulk of 
the record consists of whoops of guitar feedback and long grinding 
interludes. A life sentence on a seven-inch record. (45/MG) 

GIBSON BROS., "The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing" 
(Homestead Records, PO Box 800, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-0800) 
Reduced from a quartet to Evans and Howland, the new GB record 
is split between studio and live material. In the studio, these two 
prove to be crude and jerky, with dull sampling, self-obsessed radio 
snags, and stupid echoed dialog; only the angry dude set against 
muzak comes off. When they finally settle down, they play some 
decent bluesy and early rock songs, though marred by lyrics aiming 
for stupid yucks. Live, it's just bluesy rock tunes, and joined by 
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record I could live without. (LP/PMZ) 

LOU GIGGER, "Ambience" and "Music & Noise" ($6.50 and $8 
plus $1.50 s&h from Mardi Fisher, PO Box 584, Kensington, MD 
20895): Very idiosyncratic takes on the terms "ambient", "music" 
and "noise", all done on four track. The "Ambience" cassette consists 
of atmospheric guitar over a drum machine and/or effects. The 
"Music & Noise" tape has one side of poppy instrumentals, and 
another side of, well, noise. Surprisingly, Lou shows a consistency 
tackling all three genres; his guitar work is inventive, at times 
sounding a bit like Greg Ginn on the "Music" portion. This is very 
enjoyable stuff, which is some ways is frustrating because Mr. Gigger 
is dead, which may mean that, aside from his work with the group 
Braille Party, this is it. (2T/RJL) 

GIRL TROUBLE, "Thrillsphere" (PopLLama Products, PO Box 
95364, Seattle WA 98145-2364): A cranking combination of surf music 
and rockabilly, at times with a Cramps feel to it (but without the 
campy, cartoonish personality.) Kahuna's guitar work is fuzzy and 
gives the album a very raw sound. With songs about dancing girls, 
groove detectors and swamp voodoo queens, this is one smoking, 
good-time album. (LP/DW) 

GLORIES, "Treble hook" (310 W. 14th St., Apt. B, New York, 
NY 10014): Straightforward grungy guitar pop without any fancy 
effects. Two guitars make for a full distorted sound with good 
interaction between rhythm and lead while a simple yet strong bass 
and drum combo lays the foundation. The clear vocals make for an 
effective contrast against the fuzzy backdrop. The three songs on 
this cassette make me think of what might happen if you crossed 
Dinosaur Jr. with the Connells. Worth getting. (T/ DW2) 

GLUECK DOSE, "Prose in Cannes" ($4 or trade from Roger 
Skulback, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55105): One of the finer 
(and more listenable) collections of experimental music, drawn from 
a wealth of international artists who contributed to Skulback's radio 
show on WMCN, 91.7 FM, St. Paul. Incorporating elements of John 
Zorn and Barry Adamson, one cut takes a film score stance, or 
something like it, with hyperactive percussion building and crashing 
through the final motion, to the command, "Hit it. Chewy!" Such 
found samples, doomy grey sounds, complete disintegrations. 
Euro-sci-fi noodling, electronic-meets-primitive fill the collection. 
"Sound track for Pyrotechnics demo 2/23/91" features tapes swishing 
by at high speeds and inspired, spontaneous percussion which 
sounds like the rhythmic destruction of office furniture. Unfortunately 
the cuts are not well documented, though there is an extensive list 
of folks involved with the project. A must for "Festival of the 
Swamps" fans and generally recommended to each and every one 
of you. (T/KF) _ 

GO!, "Why Suffer?" ($3 from Forefront Records, 280 Fairmont 
Ave., Chatham, NJ 07928):This is Mike Bullshit's band, pure New 
York City hardcore music. On a single seven inch they blast through 
a dozen songs, with the energy that has kept underground projects 
like ABC No Rio going. (They even do "The ABC Song". Very crisp, 
clean, no-nonsense music. (EP/MG) 

GOD AND TEXAS, "Industry Standard" (Lovehammer Records, 
PO Box 10073, Columbus, OH 43201): Dark melodies, metal with a 
depressing note to it, rock sounds and clashing lyrics. The music is 
slow and dangerous, boring its way into the psyche with sometimes 
surprising effects. I enjoyed it. (LP/MG) _ 

LUCY GODARD, "Suck and Tell" ($5 from Nihilistic Rec do 
Peter Zincken, Esdoorlaan 6a, 1521 EA Wormeveer, the Netherlands) 
"Suck and Tell" is a 30 minute dentist drill of feedback, buzzing, 
electronic winds, and an undertow of droning bass throbs, barely 
varying through its existence. That lack of variation is a problem: 
the tones themselves are fine, but 5 minutes of this material would 
be too much; 30 sheer monotony. Really I'd prefer the sounds in 
an empty AM band while driving across state. "Rape and Smell" 
fills the other side with another overlong, though less torturous, 
piece of crunchy tones with a bunsen burner effect. Decent noise 
in a boring presentation. (T/PMZ) 

THE GOOD NATURED COW W/BRIAN ROTGUT, self-titled 
($3 from Thrashbag, 20 Sprague Ave, Apt 1, Cranston, RI 02910) 
Medium beat box garage rock from these R.I. westerners, who are 
Brian Rotgut with Slim Pickens (one cow) and Tex Gallon (moo 
cow). Through muffled fidelity, these are western-ized songs of little 
seriousness, with titles like "1/2 Blind Chicken" or "Dance of 1,000 
Pigmies". The quality is fairly low, with a sloppy photocopy insert. 


yet there's still something likeable in the results. The tape running 
out during the last song is very poor though, and more time putting 
this together is ne eded. (T/PMZ) _ 

GO VERTICAL, self-titled ($5 from Michael Stitzel, 1805 Arlene 
Rd. NW, Rio Rancho, NM 87124): Somewhat bluesy Christian rock, 
now gentle, now a bit harder-edge, with lyrics that leave no doubt 
about where the band stands. "Walking Shoes" is a well-polished 
number, clever harmonies, a serious message over sound musical 

quality. (T/MG)[M Af 1213] _ 

GRAY MATTER, "Food For Thought/Take It Back" (Dischord, 
3819 Beecher St. NW, Washington, DC 20007-1802): Too bad this 
band broke up; their strong electric rock attack, combined with fast 
thrashing play, was something special. The opening jolt of 
"Retrospect" sets the listener up for a 19-track wild ride, with a 
cover of "I Am The Walrus" fitting right in to their own crisp playing 
style. "Take It Back" and "Walk The Line" stand out, though it's 
hard to choose favorites here. (CD/MG) 

GREATER THAN ONE, "Index" (Wax Trax, 1659 N. Damen 
Ave., Chicago, IL 60647): Scary electro-industrial house dance music, 
all fast beats, samples, and scary vocals. How anyone can dance to 
this paranoia-inducing stuff I don't know; it does lead to a visceral 
reaction, but I find it one of terror rather than one of movement. 
Makes me want to curl up in a corner and twitch—which is not to 
say that it was not enjoyable. (CD/MG) 

GREEN, "White Soul & Bittersweet" (Widely Distributed Records, 
6517 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60626): 18 tracks of pure pop, consisting 
of a previous LP and EP combined. The band seems influenced by 
everyone from the Beatles to Alice Cooper, and it is hard to pick 
out any consistency or direction from this welter of ear candy. There 
are high points, though, including the lovely "Monique, Monique" 
and the harder-ting ed, mass harmony "I Know". (C D/MG)[MA#1214] 
RUDOLPH GREY, "Implosion 73" (New Alliance Records, PO 
Box 1389, Lawndale, CA 90260): Guitar improv work that builds into 
tooth-grinding bursts of anguishing noise. Grey works with a jazz 
drummer on one side of this clear disk and solo on the other, each 
time producing a noise which, for at least a few moments, banishes 
all other thoughts from the listener's consciousnes s. (45/MG) 

THE GREY SPIKES, "Sex and Hate" ($5 Jeff Porterfield, Vital 
Gesture, 21610 Reynolds Drive, Torrance, CA 90503): A briskly 
energetic treatment of punk-inspired rock and roll. The crazy pace 
never lets up. This band packs 18 songs into this release, with 
enough variety to keep all the songs distinguishable from one 
another. The moo d is loose but the musicianship is not. (T/CS) 
GROOVE DIGGERS, "All Time" b/w "All The Way" (Limited 
Potential Records, PO Box 268586, Chicago, IL 60626): Pretty solid 
but unexceptional rock and roll. They bring a bit of a punk edge 
to things, but most of this record sounds as if it could have been 
made in the late fifties. Technically proficient but lacking in spark 
and originality. (45/MG) 

GULAG, "In the Showyard" (Pavlos at Wreck Age, 451 West 
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lately with a single, a cut on Weed's "16 Guys..." and this lp, and 
it's worth giving a listen. Hard hitting rock with a hardcore/punk 
flair that draws elements from early metal and psychedelic rock, 
with a dark melodic orientation and a concise soloing style. The 
songs stay to their points, sung in their native Northern Greek 
language, which might make comprehension a problem if translations 
weren't included in the lyric insert. A hard hitting and multi-influ¬ 
enced band; little wonder they've opened for Fugazi and The Ex. 

(LP/PMZ) _ 

JOHN S. HALL & KRAMER, "Real Men" (Shimmy-Disc, JAF 
Box 1187, New York, NY 10116): The ever-eclectic Kramer teams up 
this time with John Hall of King Missile fame for some poetry with 
musical backup. Kramer's use of music sources from Johann Strauss 
to N.W.A. is rather adroit, but when coupled with Hall's rather 
banal poetry, the overall effect can become monotonous. Hall's 
personal thoughts on songs like "Shit" or "Francis Bacon" are not 
that interesting. However, if you feel bored with your life and don't 
have an outlet for those "special" feelings, this record is just the 

thing for you. (LP/RJL)_ 

HAND OF GLORY, "Here Be Serpents" (Skyclad Records, PO 
Box 666, Middlesex, NJ 08846): Western hard rock (the western 
influence shows in some of the picking guitar work) with a 
message—the message being carried in their strongest song, "World 
Gone Mad". They take the hard-edged Austin sound, throttle it back 
just a little bit from the likes of, say. Scratch Acid, and unleash it 

on a decaying wo rld. Good stuff. (LP/MG) _ 

ERIC HAUSMANN, "Big Guitars" ($5 from Spilling Audio, 540 
Madison Ave. #7, Albany, NY 12208): Don't let the title fool you 
into thinking of arena rock dinosaurs—this stuff is eerier, more tribal, 
more convoluted than that by far. Eric—with the occasional help of 
Hank Jansen—wends his way through a dozen instrumentals here, 
perplexing and tantalizing, ending up with the classy fade of "Aiming 

At Darkness". (T/ MG)[MAf 1215] _ 

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Hausmann, 540 Madison Ave #7, Albany, NY 12208) Remixed and 
released, this Hausmann tape presents a duality of purpose. The 
1st side presents gently ambient sound constructions using syn¬ 
thesizer swells, floating vocals, and distant influencing guitar figures. 
The 2nd side deceives by starting similarly, but as the side goes 
by, from the mutated sounds of "Dream for a Stupid Man" to it's 
hectic wakeup, "Situation", Hausmann switches gears to playfully 
strange voices, distortions, beats, noise and other oddness. If 
inconsistent, it answers fears of new age over-influence in its uniquely 

mixed presentation . (T/PMZ) _ 

HEADS UP!, "Duke" (Emergo, 25 Lafayette St. #709, New York, 
NY 10012): Very very cool funky semi-metallic rock, produced by 
Albert Bouchard (x-Blue Oyster Cult). They go in for long languid 
notes, quick changes, eerie music, dance numbers...well, just about 
anything you could want on a cool spring evening. Dig it. 

(T/MG)[MA#1216] _ 

THE HE DARK AGE, "The Dog's Brekfast" ($15 from GPO Box 
2854, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA 4001): Sparse, experimental pop/rock 
that isn't too unlike much of what's been exported from the world's 
smallest continent (barring INXS). Dark music that doesn't suck, but 
never really hits t he heights, either. (LP/RJL) 

GARY HEFFERN, "Bald Tires in the Rain" ($8 from Nocturnal 
Records, 371 8th Ave B-3, San Diego, CA 92101) The journey from 
punk to poet has left Heffem an introspective yet direct musician; 
a man with observations and advice clearly spoken at a common 
level. This work adapts his book of the same name, excellently 
produced and packaged with an illustrated book of lyrics. Heffern's 
vehicle for his words is a blend of western, blues, and jazz, assisted 
musically by Terry Lee Hale and members of Walkabouts and Motels. 
The music is appropriately simple, deferring to the lyrics and spoken 
dialogue, and with an emotionally aloof yet passionate delivery, 
makes a frequently effective work. (LP/PMZ) 

HELLEN KELLER PLAID, "One Swell Foop" (Mad Rover Records, 
PO Box 22243, Sacramento, CA 95822) Hard pop rock with distortion 
motivations and grainy vocals is the sound of this foursome, drawing 
influences from Husker Du, REM, and perhaps a bit from Aerosmith. 
For the most part this is controlled upbeat rocking stuff, though a 
couple of introspective pieces on the acoustic side are thrown in, 
adding an almost western sound to their music. The image they 
project is of fun loving young dudes with a sense of humor, which 
with their accessibly solid sound, should fare well on the college 

radio bands. (LP/P MZ) _ 

HEMI, "Save Yourself" b/w "Superconductor" ($3 from Shred of 
Dignity, 666 Illinois, San Francisco, CA 94107) Power saturated rock 
with an exaggerated vocal push demands that you "Save Yourself" 
before trying to save the world. The sound is big and hard rocking 
with strong bass lines, taking on character through pace changes 
that layer and build. There's a bit of a flirtation with FM radio 
progressions, which by message and overall approach, it steers clear 
of. "Superconductor" is similar in power but more laid back. While 
it's electric circuit analogies don't carry the same punch, the vocal 
stretches are more pronounced, making a good heavy tune. Nice 
sleeve cover collage, too. (45/PMZ) 

HOLLOW HEYDAY, "Verge" (Tantrum Records, PO Box 657, 
Cambridge, MA 02238) Boston's Hollow Heyday primes for their 
upcoming lp, presenting two new tunes and rereleasing their first 
single, which was recorded 6 days after the band formed. Wisely, 
the new material is first: two edgy songs with nervously yearning 
vocals and thick minor progressions of an eastern flavor. The music 
steers from the linear, shifting pace and intent over excellent bass 
work and transient drumming. In contrast, their first single is straight 
forward with a pop edge and more regular rhythms, illustrating the 
maturation of this band, and the intensity they've developed. 
(T/PMZ) 

THE HOLLOW MEN, "Cresta" (Arista Records, 6 W. 57th St., 
New York, NY 10019): Engaging Brit-pop rock with a fast-wavering 
keyboard line that kept reminding me of things like "Shaft". They 
have a somewhat kooky aspect about them, with lots of perky music 
and a certain lack of depth. Finely tuned to capture the hearts of 

the hip dance cro wd. (CD/MG) _ \ _ 

HOPE ORGAN, "Young Girl" b/w "Harmony" (Ingreat Records, 
PO Box 293, Pittsburgh, PA 15230) Charles Manson was inspired by 
the Beatles, and so it seems was his 'family.' The two member Hope 
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Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins. "Young Girl" is in a Beatles 
"Prudence" style of clean harmonized voice over gentle acoustic 
guitar figures with a haunting ambient tone behind and floating flute 
lines interleaved. "Harmony" is a similarly lilting song in male voice 
only. The prettiness of these pieces is only disturbed when 
considering the actions of their writers. (45/PMZ) 

PAUL HOWEY, "Plug In" ($4.00 from Paul Howey, PO BOX 
428080, Chicago, IL 60642) Contemporary Christian rock and roll 
played and sung by one man, Paul Howey. You'd never believe 
that one person could master lead and backup vocals, synth-guitars, 
double kick bass drum set, and keyboards in this thick pop recording. 
Introsective lyrics and interesting vocal harmonies with a message. 

(T/RS) _ 

THE HUNGER, "Tonight" b/w "Shoot to Kill" ( Alpha Inter¬ 
na tionalRecords, Inc., 1080 N. Deleware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 
19125) Danceable pop/rock from this Houston based 3 piece band. 
Side one is both a 7" and a 12" version of the song "Tonight," a 
strictly keyboard based piece with programmed tones and beats. 
"Shoot To Kill," also keyboard based, gives the band the sound of 
such pop groups such as OMD or early '80's british group YAZ. 

Well mixed and g ood vocals. (T/RS) _ 

ILE MAUZAR, "An Exercise in Audio Art" (Utjsen Recordings, 
PO Box 134, Waynesville, MO 65583) Instrumental rock with a 
hardcore edge over extremely fuzzy high-frequency guitar noise. The 
recordings tend to the dull side, so that the energy of these jams 
is muted, but a close listen finds a firm rendering of purposeful 
direction, with guitar snippets occassionally rising above the din. 
Unfortunately the pieces suffer from a sameness of intent, furthered 
by the flat recordings, which while not wearying, too easily makes 
this music a part of the background. (T/PMZ) 

IMMACULATE HEARTS, "Everything Should Be The Way It 
Should Be" b/w "Grace" (No Age Records, PO Box 54214, 
Philadelphia, PA 19105): Big Rock and Roll that is sure to grace 
many college radio playlists. "Everything..." has a catchy hook, but 
you'd think that after doing time with the likes of the Gun Club 
and especially the Bush Tetras, Dee Pop could've been a little more 
inventive with his drumming. The flip returns to familiar Ramones- 

like skronk. (45/RJL)_ 

INFERNOLAND, "Celebration of Wounds" ($2 from Douglas A. 
Long, 22-70 41st St. #1-L, Astoria Queens, NY 11105): Improvisational 
2-track recordings, weaving jungle beats with eerie ambience. 
Douglas seems to be mostly just enchanted by the possibility of 
making music, and some of this innocent pleasure comes through 

on the tape. (T/MG)_ 

GREGORY ISAACS, "Come Again Dub" ($8 from ROIR, 611 
Broadway, Suite 411, NY, NY 10012) With 'Dub' in every title, this 
reconstruction of Isaacs' RAS Records "Call Me Collect" is a collection 
of upbeat reggae rooted tunes. The songs are built of warm bass 
lines, moving percussion and beats, syncopated keyboard fills, and 
short poppy melodies, while Isaacs' nasal voice sings gently, often 
twisted in time with delays and effects. The strength of this music 
comes in part from the players, including Sly Dunbar, Robbie 
Shakespeare, Clive Hunt, Steelie and Cleavie, and the Firehouse 


Crew, but it is "Cool Ruler" Isaacs who leads this friendly dub on 

it's happy way. (T /PMZ) _ 

ISISIS, "Am" ($3.50 from 1607C Palma Plaza, Austin, TX 78703): 
A wild and aggressive musical collage that includes some chopped 
up news words as well as complex noises, experimental electronics, 
and general clanging about. It's a very sprawling and layered sound, 
full of surprising noises and abrasive moments, then deepening back 
into a still pond of contemplative strains. (T/MG) 

ISM, "I Think I Love You" (PO Box 774, Oakland Gardens, NY 
11364): "The Hits That Missed, 1982-1989" is the subtitle of this wild 
and wooly collection of tongue in cheek rock . It's easy to see why 
some, like "Bedpan Hunting" (an ode to strange sexuality) missed, 
even if they're decent sounding rock. But others should have been 
underground hits—"John Hinckley Jr." is a natural for the lefty set, 
and their cover of "Constantinople" is even more maddeningly 
mindless than the Residents original. (CD/MG) 

JACK FROST , self-titled (Arista, 6 W. 57th St., New York, NY 
10019): A new rock effort involving Steve Kilbey, formerly of the 
Church, and Grant McLennan. Some nice melodies here, a few 
harder stretches, mostly the self-assurance of a couple of musicians 
who know they're good and want to explore a bit. Very fine and 

professional stuff. (CD/MG) _ 

JANE AWAKE, demo tape ($4 from Shriek Records, 36625 Aldrich 
Ave. S #101, Minneapolis, MN 55409): Six tracks of dreamy guitar 
rock from a band that's only a couple of months ago. They've put 
together some nice riffs in that time, sounding a bit like Dire Straits 
in places. For the days when you don't really want to bang your 

head. (T/MG)[MA# 1509] _ 

THE JESUS LIZARD, "Goat" (Touch & Go, PO Box 25520, 
Chicago, IL 60625): Words that come to mind to describe The Jesus 
Lizard are as short, sharp and strong as the music of the band. 
Aggressive. Industrial. Raw. Cool. Heavy. Thick. Driven. Scratched. 
Throbbing. Bullseye. Take them all together and apply to an ultra 
metal dirge laden anything goes rock and roll melee. But what 
makes it all work so well is that underneath it all there lurks the 
heart of a band who knows what a hood is and how to use it. 

(LP/CS) _ 

JUNK MONKIES, "Five Star Fling" (Metal Blade Records, 729 
7th Ave., 14th Floor, New York, NY 10019) Four piece rock and 
roll with two guitars, a bass, and a drummer, playing "speed-pop"? 
from Detroit. Claimed best band in their hometown, they admit to 
being a good garage and bar band. They have been playing together 
since high school (a few years ago) and seem to know what sound 
they are going after as a collective, and not just as individual 
musicians. (T/RS) 

KING-KILL/33 ,self-titled ($2 from Mitchell F., PO Box 55138, 
Atlanta, GA 30308-0138): Aggressive moody music with a title swiped 
from APOCALYPSE CULTURE and a decidedly apocalyptic sound. 
This is a tape of a vast shadowy echo-filled live performance, with 
lots of throbbing guitars and words directly from the subconscious 
stratum where conspiracies hang out. Esoteric keys to unlocking 
hidden doors. (T/MG) 

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Hoboken, NJ 07030): Three songs of funky rock from this trio. "Birdy 
Song" is the strangest, with a near spoken-word bridge section and 
plenty of cool bass work. Nothing too spectacular, just a competent 

band making dece nt music. (45/MG) _ 

KING MISSILE, "The Way to Salvation" (Atlantic Records, 75 
Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019): Who would have thought 
it, the esoteric John Hall and company signed to a major label? 
Well, here they are, still doing mystical religion and bits of screaming, 
although they do seem to have toned things down a bit since the 
last album. Most of this could fit right into latenight college radio 
with barely a ripple, screeds to provoke thought and music to calm 

it down again. (C D/MG) _ 

KING OF KINGS, self-titled (David Geffen Company, 9130 Sunset 
Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069): King of Kings is basically Desmond 
Horn, or at least Desmond's vision. What it amounts to is hard 
rock with overlays of piano, bells, Sanskrit, jazz, and whatever else 
has infiltrated his confused NYC consciousness. When it clicks, as 
on "Shame" or the extended "Dweller on the Seventh Floor", this 
is great stuff, striking out in new directions but with enough familiar 
sounds to be intriguing rather than abrasive. If they can whip a 
tendency towards self-indulgence, or convince more bands to follow 
them, this will be music to remember. (CD/MG) 

KINGS OF OBLIVION, "Death Machine" (Dionysus Records, PO 
Box 1975, Burbank, CA 91507): A three-song 45 on clear yellow 
vinyl, this one has got a real good punk/rock sound to it. The 
opening chords have a George Thorogood power punch to them, 
going into rant and rave lyrics that slide into the flipside "You're 
Gonna Pay For All Your Crimes". Take the garage, turn up the 
amps, get a little blasted and something like this might come out. 

(45/MG) _ 

KIRTANA, "Healing Rain" (Wild Dove Music, PO Box 221861, 
Carmel, CA 93922): New Age folk music, gentle melodies played 
on Kirtana's own classical guitar, fronted by her voice, and backed 
with a mix of strings, pedal steel, mandolin, and more. A gentle 
spiritualism flows through this release, encouraging harmony with 

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a very modern sound, yet mysterious and mystical! 

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both the earth and other people. "Beautiful" is not too strong a 
word for most of this music, backed by the strength of conviction. 

(CD/MG)[MA#1218]_ 

LA FUNCION DE REPULSA, "Estro" ($7 from Juan Antonio 
Rotunno Espino, 10 y 11 Anaya y O. Rmz. #736, Cd. Victoria, 
Tamaulipas, cp 87050, MEXICO): Industrial im pro visa tional punk 
from Mexico. The band generates some incredible noisescapes, long 
jams, tortured sounds, bits of pop slowly getting lost in the haze. 

Good stuff. (T/MG)_ 

LAND, "Tarnished Gold" (Shadow Canada, 6 Admiral Rd., 
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2L4): A classy and fairly interesting collection 
of tranquil music without words by an ensemble of musicians 
associated with the Shadow label. Ranging from ambient to filmic 
to (the dreaded) Windham Hill land, rich electronic and acoustic 
keyboard sounds are embellished with an array of other instruments 
by very competent musicians. The whole of Side Two is quite fine: 
"Victoria Day" is a moody, dramatic work with a repeating circular 
note progression which draws the listener inward and works well 
when played at higher volumes. It trails off into "Jewel", a piece 
featuring breathy, electronically-enhanced flute. The heady feel of 
the final cuts is in keeping with these. At worst, it is clichd in a 
public television theme music kinda way, as in the title cut. Still, I 
recommend this to similarly wimpy people who seek music for 
relaxation that does not totally put you to sleep, or completely 
drown you in the boring stuff of new ageisms. Very good sound 

quality and an att ractive sleeve. (T/KF) _ 

PAUL LEARY, "The History of Dogs" (Rough Trade, 611 
Broadway, Suite 311, NY, NY 10012) "Features only one member 
of the Butthole Surfers" hits it straight on: Surfers' guitarist Leary 
writes, arranges, performs and produces, using midi-/ guitar to create 
the music. What he writes is a mix of decent rock with Surfers 
-tendencies and good guitar licks, occassional acoustic overtones, FM 
rock (with some overplayed grooves), and even a slick anthem that 
could open a sports program. The words, sung in dual falsetto or 
treated for weirdness, are concerned with topical issues like the 
environment, Iraq, overpopulation and city tensions. Not fully 

focused, but a soli d release. (LP/PMZ) _ 

LEAVING TRAINS, "Sleeping Underwater Survivors" (SST 
Records, PO Box 1, Lawndale, CA 90260): The Leaving Trains' latest 
on SST at times made me wonder if this was the same band that 
put out "Kill Tunes" and "Fuck." It seems as though the Trains 
have toned it down a bit, but just when you think they cashed in 
for a mellower, less raucous, and what some might call a "more 
musically mature sound," Falling James and company burst into 
waves or energetic punk rock reminiscent of their earlier years that 
would make radio listeners squirm. The nine songs on this LP slip 
from the biting, melodic guitars and bass on "I Love You," to eerie 
keyboards, bells and distorted vocals on "What Was Left Was Red," 
along with plenty of musical creativity in between. A good release 
from a great band that will have you spinning this vinyl for weeks. 

(LP/DW2)_ 

VINCENT LEE, "Socks-n-Rugs-n-Rock-n-Roll" ($5 from William 
Barnes, Aural Adventures Productions, 5829 Bayview Ave., Rich¬ 
mond, CA 94804): This is a weird pop roller-coaster. "Do It With 
The Dead", an outright endorsement of necrophilia that would be 
certain to cause an outrage over almost any radio station. He also 
rags on himself a bit with "Pop Star" and has fun just jamming 
along on his guitar. Warped musics for warped minds. 

(T/MG)[MA#1512] _ 

LOBELIA HAYBALERS, "Wish I Had Two of Them" (Bill Bostic, 
1713-H E. Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC 27713): Weird bluegrass rock 
with the vocalist occasionally seeming to imitate Chubby Checker. 
Lots of "cheezy" humor here, with songs like "If You Don't Love 
Elvis". Some good old instrumental hoedowns here too. It's not 
lasting musical val ue, but it is fun for an afternoo n. (T/MG) 

LOST KARMA, self-titled ($5 from Erik, 1481 Lake Park Cir., 
Eagan, MI 55122): Solid hardcore/metal music with strong vocals 
from Tony Cuddigan, backed ably by a couple of guitars and a 
driving rhythm section. The strongest cut here is "False-Prophet", 
an indictment of those who would lead society without being 

qualified to do so. (T/MG) _ 

THE LOVE COWBOYS, "Bigpaw" (Inside Artists, 620 Delhi Ave., 
Cincinnati, OH 45204): Right cool funky rock and roll. Saltine's guitar 
playing is excellent, all intricate lines and twisty twangs. TLC's 






























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singing and harmonies from the rest of the band fit right in. Lots 
of choppy, head-n odding energy here. (T/MG)[MA #1220] 

PINKIE MACLURE, FIONA SAIL, & CHEMICAL PLANT, 
"The Coldstore Tapes" (Chainsaw Cassettes, 11 Layton Rd., Islington, 
London, N1 OPX, ENGLAND): Maclure has a haunting vocal style. 
Sail plays the sax and Chemical Plant is into industrial percussion. 
Their resulting collaboration—taped in a vacant cold storage 
warehouse—is by turns ethereal, industrial, ambient and aggressively 
experimental. Bursts of sheer noise madness alternate with qUieter 
introspective moments, in a combination that builds well on the 
strengths of all concerned. (T/MG) 

L.G. MAIR, JR., "The Inner Chamber" (Audiofile Tapes, Carl 
Howard, 209-25 18 Ave., Baydise, NY 11360): Synthetic tracks that 
take elements of space rock, modem dance and jerkly jazz, weaving 
them all together into fast-paced melodic imbroglios. Starting with 
"The Cult of Isis" and winding up with "Isis: Goddess of Goddesses", 
this is an extended cycle of songs in a fashion the Ancients never 
dreamed of. (T/MG)_ 

MALOK, "Green Omega" (Box 41, Waukau, WI 45980) A deep 
layering of drifting and dripping electronic maelstroms sets the stage, 
an extremely busy, though not overloaded, collage of treated tuneless 
simple synths, hisses, muted voices, movie soundtracks and more. 
Barely above, Malok speaks his mind, a wandering rant in a Joe 
Friday voice, now subservient to the noise, now standing apart. I 
found it hard to concentrate on this tape, in part to the random 
nature of the results, though often due to the blanketing dull fidelity. 
Still, the dark narrative tone of the work and placement of emphasis 
within the work leaves a unique impression. (T/PMZ) 

DON MALONE, "Soft Music" (the usual. Box 32, Sharon, WI 
S3585) Surreal soundscapes of slowly unfolding synthetics. Malone's 
20 years of sound experimentation is represented in live improvisa¬ 
tion, where his concept of 'Soft' encompasses synthetic bells, bleets, 
blats, ringing tones, and electronic switches, arhythmically hung 
upon the air to meander in a distractedly playful manner. Reminsicint 
of the soundtracks from 60's pyschological science fiction movies, 
this is a unique presentation of tones that can add a sense of 
displacement to y our day. (T/PMZ) _ 

MICHELLE MALONE AND DRAG THE RIVER, "Building Fires 
Over Atlanta" (Arista Alternative, 6 W. 57th St., New York, NY 
10019): A fired-up live recording of four tracks from Michelle's 
"Relentless" album plus a cover of "When a Man Loves a Woman". 
She plays a mean lick of guitar, and her voice is an instrument in 
itself, alternately crooning to and stoking up the audience. "Into 
The Night" is a v ery strong song, memorable and fresh. (CD/MG) 

MARCEL MONROE, "Framed" (Certain Recorrds, 234 5th Ave 
#301, New York, NY 10001): Sometimes gentle, sometimes soaring, 
sometimes experimental, sometimes the music you've heard all your 
life, this three-piece produces fine guitar pop. The album is a worthy 
follow-on to last year's "Love is Not" EP, drawing on the strengths 
of Kimerbley Jean's voice and bass. Bob Winbiel's guitar and Dave 
Seay's drumming. Tunes with plenty of depth that stand up to 
repeated playing, which is what they should get most places that 
this disc penetrate s to. (CD/MG)[MA#1221] _ 

MAUVE SIDESHOW, "Dark Flowers" ($6 from Refraction Sound, 
165 Boston #4, Seattle, WA 98109): Brooding, low-key drones that 
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tasty indeed. Slow moving electronics and lovely whispered vocals 
from a woman named Treva make this the ideal soundtrack to 
mellow afternoons or a nice hit of your favorite hallucinogen. Take 
your pick. (LP/RJL)_ 

THUMBS McFIZZ, "The Very Idea" (£3/$6 CASH from Mark 
Fisher, do Hodge, 14 High St., Edinburgh, EH1 1TE, UK): Pleasant 
poppy music with curiously British lyrics: "Tories on the Breadline" 
is perhaps the most inscrutable of the bunch. A clean four-track 
recording, this is lighthearted and easy to like throughout, and 
polished enough to come back to. Another good reason to keep 
listening to tapes. (T/MG) 

MELVINS, "Bullhead" (Boner Records, PO Box 2081, Berkeley, 
CA 94702): Turgid, ponderous metallic riffs, sort of like Ozzy on 
'Ludes. They're at their best in extended dirge epics like "Boris", 
grinding out tortured vocals over throbbing guitars, jackhammering 
away at your mind. Very good for turning up loud and scaring the 
neighbors into the next county. (LP/MG) _ 

METAL FLAKE MOTHER, self-titled (Moist Records, PO Box 
3597, Chapel Hill, NC 27515): Moist deserves some prize for the 
best promo line: "Imagine if the Pixies could play their instruments— 
maybe that's the sound". Cool slightly scary (and not very metallic) 
new rock, a bit too tense for the college radio crowd, except for 
perhaps at 4AM when all the sane people are long in bed. 4 songs, 
very polished, harmonies of paranoia. On murky grape-colored vinyl. 
(EP/MG) 

DOUG MICHAEL & THE OUTER DARKNESS, "Opening 
Remarks" (aT, Carl Howard, 209-25 18 Ave., bayside, NY 11360): 
Doug works in guitar and keyboards, with drum machine, the 
occasional bit of voice, and a backup sax player. His material draws 
on music from all over, at times jazzy, at times almost,/ flamenco 
on straight piano, at times easy adult listening. The changes are 
subtle and never surprising, though on reflection the entire breadth 
is. The music won't shake you up, but it may calm vou down. 
(T/MG) _ 

THE MIGHTY CHARGE, "Ready For Anything" (Mighty Music, 
PO Box 8467, Salem, MA 01970): Socially responsible multicultural 
reggae music from Boston. They've had fun on the local college 
circuit and now they're out on vinyl, putting together heavy rhythms 
and supercharged words in the service of waking people up. 
"Television Man" and "Revolution?" are the hard hitters here, smooth 
music with a mes sage. (EP/MG) _ 

MIGHTY FORCE, "Dive" (Combat/Earache, 187-07 Henderson 
Ave., Hollis, NY 11423): Well, it was a bit of a surprise to find this 
on a metal combo label—because it's darned good industrial house 
music, somewhat in the Wax Trax vein. Adam West and Simeon 
Davies put together a lot of clanging and sampling and rhythm, for 
a danceable, dark, ornery, prickly mix. Coolness. (T/MG) 

ROGER MILLER, "Xylyl and A Woman In Half" (New Alliance 
Records, PO Box 1389, Lawndale, CA 90260): A couple of pretty 
serious compositions from Miller, exploring some of the sonic limits 
of music. "Xylyl" is heavily into sampling and percussion, reminiscent 
of but not as stark as his No Man work. "A Woman In Half" is a 
film soundtrack, mellower and done mainly on modified piano and 
keyboards. Weirdly outrageous noises in a careful classical setting. 
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MINOY, "Pressures of the Sane" ($5 from Nihilistic Records, do 
Peter Zinken Esdoorlaan 6a, 1521EA Wormeveer, NETHERLANDS): 
More well-produced grunginess (if you can imagine that) from this 
enigmatic figure/group. Not as dense as "Plain-wrap Purgatory," but 
still very amiable to these ears. As usual, two side-long workouts 
of metallic scrapings drenched in reverb, this time with lighter, 
almost humorous sections thrown in. Extremely clean soundscapes 
that you can relax in. (T/RJL) 

MINOY, "Tension, Fear and Depravity" ($8 from Minoy 
Cassetteworks, 923 W. 232 St, Torrance, CA 90502) A long, slowly 
transitioning electronic work using generated tones slowly modified 
for amplitude and frequency, with a thin undercurrent of effected 
unintelligible voices and other noises. Chattering and droning with 
feedback overtones, the feeling is like being in an electronic helicopter 
in bad need of a lube job. As for the title: I can't hear any 'Depravity/ 
but 'Tension' may describe the headache overexposure to this tape 
may cause, and 'Fear' may describe the listener's concerns that this 
program will never end. (T/PMZ) 

MINOY, "Time is Dying" ($8 from Minoy Casetteworks, 923 W. 
232nd St., Torrance, CA 90502): Moore eerie noises from the prolific 
studios of Minoy. This chrome tape contains a mix of everything 
from smooth and silky strings to terrible rhythmic static. There are 
large gaps between some of the cuts, but that helps the listener get 
reoriented for the next barrage of electronic merriment. 

(T/MG)[MA# 1222] _ 

THE MOCK TURTLES, "Turtle Soup" (Relativity, 187-07 Hen¬ 
derson Ave., Hollis, NY 11423): Pure English pop music, lots of 
cheery guitars and the occasional bit of psychedelia. There's nothing 
in here to incite you to ax murder or angst, just simple tunes, good 
singing, unpredictable melodies and strong harmonies. (T/MG) 
MONDO CANE, "The Crunch Song" b/w "Captain America" (Go 
Ahead Records, PO Box 424, Haslett, MI 48840): Thick grungy rock 
that's not out to win any awards for easy listening. The flip side, 
with the refrain "Captain America gone wrong" is the better of the 
two, a song of American heroes sunk into the morass of the drug 

war. (45/MG) _ 

MONET'S GARDENS, "Pray" (Imagine! Records, 4432 Telegraph 
Ave. #83, Oakland, CA 94609): Solid modern rock with rootsy tinges 
that gets fired up and blasts through everything in its path. Very 
upbeat stuff, poised for radio play, and with bits of violin and sax 
and flute and harmonica thrown in. Adult rock, enjoyable and fun. 

(T/MG)[MA# 1223] _ 

MONTHLY MUSIC REPORT Vol. I #3 ($5.50 from All Genre, 
738 Main St. #387, Waltham, MA 02254-9038): This is a neat idea: 
a zine combined with a tape, and devoted to giving music to the 
masses straight from the artists. The hot pick in #3 is the unabashed 
bubblegum pop from Richie Wood, but everything here is good: 
Earring George Mayweather's blues, the straightforward rock ot The 


Tats and the harder style of Brainthrust all stand out above 
the pack. The written part also has feature articles on 
distribution, lists of new releases, and other things aimed 

at the indie label or artist. (S-30t & T/MG) _ 

FRANK MOORE, "Down Home" (PO Box 11445, 
Berkeley, CA 94701- 2445): Frank Moore moans, shuffles, 
mutters, and farts over original recordings of three solid 
gold favorites. Why? I don't know. Nice sleeve art by M. 

Labash. (T/KS) _ 

FRANK MOORE, "Rock of Passion" (PO Box 11445, 
Berkeley, CA 94701-2445): Frank Moore moans, shuffles, 
mutters, and farts over original recordings of thirteen solid 
gold favorites. Why? I don't know. Nice sleeve art by M. 

Labash. (T/KS) __ 

FRANK MOORE, "Body Music" (PO Box 11445, Berkeley, 
CA 94701- 2445): Frank Moore moans, shuffles, mutters, and 
farts. Why? I don't know. Nice sleeve art by M. Labash. 

(T/KS) _ 

FRANK MOORE'S CHERO COMPANY, "Inter Rhythms" 
(PO Box 11445, Berkeley, CA 94701-2445) Body sounds and 
voice noises over the continuous sound of body slaps makes 
up the entirety of this tape. This is the stupid stuff you did 
in junior high with dad's tape deck, only these guys have 
practiced, and found some pretty funny (and pretty weird) 
sounds you no doubt missed. At 90 minutes, this is far, far 
too long to take at a single listening, but in small doses it 
has a peculiar appeal, and drew some of the funniest reactions of 

any tape I've play ed at work. (T/PMZ) _ 

MORDRED, "In This Life" (Noise International, 5 Crosby St., 
New York, NY 10013): Solid rock that refuses to fall into any easy 
categories. The primary ingredient in the Mordred mix is^a thrash 
metal base, but over the years this has been slowed and toned 
down a bit, and a lot of funky hip-hop influences blended in. The 
result is the first of what may be the metal of the 90's, a synthesis 
between two of the. more omnipresent frontier musical forms of 

today. (CD/MG) _ 

MORGOTH, "The Eternal Fall- Resurrection Absurd" (Century 
Media, Balkenstr. 17-19, Bortmund, Germany) Death Metal to the 
fullest of extremes (on the commercial market anyway). From 
Germany, these guys have made a quick name for themselves in 
the United States because of their absolutely unequaled ability at 
making metal so thick and loud. Absolutely no singer has more 
mucus in his throat than Mark Grewe. (T/RS) 

MORRISSEY, "Kill Uncle" (Sire RecordsCo., 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 
New York, NY 10019-6908) Here it is- the long awaited second solo 
release since Morrisey's Smiths days. He's still and always will be 
Morrissey when it comes to his image and his sound- not that I 
expect more. Surprisingly though, at times he manages to sound 
vaguely like the british group Fairground Attraction, especially in 
his slower songs such as "Asian Rut" with its bluesy, jazz feel. 
What can I say? -I f you're curious, you should he ar it. (T/RS) 
MOTUS VITA EST, self-titled (Sacro Egoismo Records do 
Tiberiju, Schelleing 39/24 1040 Wien, AUSTRIA): Raging thrash with 
strong metal tendencies. Motus' brand of double guitar assault (often 
resembling the likes of Slayer) will throw you across the room and 
leave you quivering on the floor in a puddle of drool. Their powerful, 
tight musicianship makes for some intricate intros, rhythms and 
transitions, making this one of the few thrash records I can listen 
to many times over without having my brain go numb. Some cool 

slower stuff, too. (LP/DW2) _ 

NEO PSEUDO, "Ritual Laughter" (Kevin Slick, PO Box 11076 
Calder Square, State College, PA 16805) Upbeat acoustic and electric 
instrumentation blends with fine songwriting to make a flowing set 
of songs. The tunes are based around relaxed percussion rhythms 
using things like tibetan soup bowls or sock-covered-shaker-devices, 
with folk-funky guitar lines, keyboards, clarinets (wimpy and 
un-wimpy) and reeds, and occassional layers of tapes, sounds, or 
'demonstrative shouting.' All these elements work to serve the song, 
from energetic to sensitive, with a kind of Harry Chapin sonority 
in the vocals. Catchy tunes that work wonderfully; a pleasure. 

(T/PMZ)[M A# 1224]_ 

NEO PSEUDO, "World of Symbols" ($8 from Kevin Slick, PO 
Box 11076 Calder Sq., State College, PA 16805): A bit darker than 
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Marian" is cute and clever, "Riot In Heaven" close to scary. Lots 
of little musical touches, plenty of pop sensitivity, but a sort of blue 

sound overall. (T/ MG)[M A# 1225] _ 

NEW GODS, "Saint Vitus Tango" ($5 from Spider Records, PO 
Box 703, Toms River, NJ 08754): Somewhat arty rock, tightly 
produced, and livened up by "The Homs of the Apocalypse", 
featuring a couple of saxes, trumpet and trombone. They also add 
piano, harmonica and flute to their sound, coming up with something 
distinctive in a sound. "Iggy's Room" and "Stargazer" are among 

their attractively c omplex numbers. (T/MG) _ 

NIKKI MEETS THE HIBACHI, "The Bluest Sky" (Moist Records, 
PO Box 3597, Chapel Hill NC 27515): Nikki is a Chapel Hill acoustic 
folk-rock duo that has caught the ears of a whole slew of college 
radio types, and this is their third release. John Gillespie's and Elaine 
Tola's sweet dual guitar melodies and "welcome into my world" 
song writing perspective are reminiscent of Miracle Legion. They 
color their compositions of heartbreak and reassurance with a guest 
pianist, cellist, percussionist and banjo player. Fans of acoustic music 

shouldn't pass this up. (LP/DW) _ 

No Artists, "A Tribute to Billy Joel" ($6.66 from Skyclad Records, 
PO Box 666, Middlesex, NJ 08846): A very conceptual record. This 
one is pressed on clear vinyl, with blank labels, and ten tracks—all 
silent. I guess they don't dunk much of Billy Joel. The cover lists 
artists who are not on the record, and the back cover is rather 

grody. (LP/MG) _ 

NOCTURNUS, "The Key" (Combat/Earache, 187-07 Henderson 
Ave., Hollis, NY 11423): Incredibly intense metal with some 
surprising riffs—at one point I would swear I heard Arabian strains 
coming out between the guitar blasts. Some death metal here, some 
wild science fiction, and plenty of pure musical energy, driven along 
at a thrashing pace by the combined power assault of the five young 
men in the band. Technically awesome. (CD/ MG) 

NOMUZIC, "News You Can Choose" (audiofile Tapes, 209-25 18 
Ave, Bayside, NY 11360) Nomuzic is in fact music, in the gothic 


vocal dance vein of early Depeche Mode. But where D. Mode sought 
a smoother blend of synthetics and voice, Nomuzic chooses a blunt 
and direct statement, even mixing guitar distortions amidst synth 
sounds, beats, and soul searching, critical lyrics. It's the bluntness, 
though, that frequently detracts from these songs, in vocal 
awkwardness and overlong grooves in a bass heavy and blatant 
mix. There's a lot of potential in these songs, with instrumental 
work often quite involved and affecting, that a maturation of sound 

and approach coul d bring forth. (T/PMZ) _ 

NOVA MOB, "The Last Days of Pompeii" (Rough Trade, 611 
Broadway, Suite 311, New York, NY 10012): Grant Hart steps ever 
more firmly away from the shadow of Husker Du to establish 
himself. Earlier work found him exlporing pop but not developing 
an approach for it. Here it's clear that the approach has been realized. 
Hart's nasal, scratchy vocals add a depth and darkness to otherwise 
sunny pop/rock melodies. At times he dips into a heavier mode 
(check out "Space Jazz") but for the most part he stays within that 
middle range. It's to his credit, though, that he plays with the range, 
running from end to end, rather than letting himself drift in the 

middle. (LP/CS) __ 

NUVO WEST, "Ranchero" (West Records, 3034 E. Flower St., 
Phoenix, AZ 85016): Some seminal cowpunk, along with less 
fearsome instrumentals branded with the flavor of the west (though 
in one case, "Planet Earth Surf", the west is clear out to the Pacific 
Ocean). Lotsa twangy guitars here, along with such cheerful lyrics 
as "Reality s a Hard Pill to Swallow". Danceable mania. 

(T/MG)[MA# 1226] _ 

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Francisco, CA 94117): It's spelled "augur", as in "omen" or "prophet", 
but it could just as well be "auger", as in "auger bit", because, this 
stuff could have been recorded live at some nightmare assembly 
line job where severed heads come rolling down the conveyor belt 
instead of Nintendo circuit boards. Howling, whining, clanging, 
rhythmic noise, stolen from techno-horror reality and rearranged into 
a persuasive expression of outrage. A killer soundtrack for Ken 



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Kese/s Cuckoo's Nest dreamscapes of The Combine. I imagine this 
being played on mall muzak systems and I am at peace. (T/KS) 
OFFICIAL BUSINESS, "6 Months of +/- 37 Public CAMUs" 
(Widemouth Tapes, PO Box 382 CR, Baltimore, MD 21203): "CAMU" 
stands for "Cue Activated Modular Units", discrete bits of sound 
experimentalism from which these improvisational songs are built 
up. At times they sound jazzy, at other times industrial, but mainly 
beyond categories. Comes with a text explaining what they're up 

to, sort of. (T/MG)_ 

THE ORIGINAL SINS, "Today I Am A Man" ($3 from Easy 
Records, 5012 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143-1653): A live 
LP-length performance that features what is allegedly Bethlehem 
Pennsylvania's hottest band. They move easily through their set, 
generating a lot of rhythm and excess energy, coming down punk 
at times but with a more polished sound than most hardcore outfits 
produce. Definitely a fine time for the audience. ( T/MG) 

PAIN CLINIC, "My Dog's Name Is Spot" ($3 from Alex V. 
Cook, 1017 High St., Houma, LA 70360): If the dog is anything like 
the rest of this tape, its name was stolen from somewhere else. 
This is a collection of found and stolen audio, some of it looped, 
some straight—everything from Jimi Hendrix to newscastsStravinsky 
to electronic junkn oise. Ambient cultural remixes. (T/MG) 

PARASITES, "Last Caress" b/w "Fool For You" (Shredder 
Records, 181 Shipley St., San Francisco, CA 94107) From the swamps 
of Jersey comes this blast of three-chord monte that draws equally 
from the Buzzcocks and the Misfits—who they pay tribute to with 
their "Last Caress" cover (as did Metallica before them). Nikki 
Parasite sings and plays all the instruments on the demo version of 
"Fool For You," while the Misfits cover was recorded by the band 
on Halloween, 1990. Green skulls dominate the sleeve, and the 
orange vinyl celeb rates the autumnal feeling of th is gem.(45/TG)~ 
PASSIFLORA, "Qualcosa Dovrebbe Cambiare" ($14 from 
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them with capable female vocals. With Italian lyrics, the subject of 
these songs, excepting "Pinnochio," passes me by. However, a 
smooth sense that crosses the brooding with the upbeat, the 
experimental with the straightforward, the hypnotic with the agitated, 
pervades and makes an invigorating music where the instrumental 
is as or more important than the vocals or the strict song structure. 

(LP/PMZ) __ 

DON PAUL AND THE SUSPECT MANY, "We Could Use the 
Rain" (PO Box 33-0178, San Francisco, CA 94133): The first thing 
that stands out here is the amount of fun Don seems to be having 
singing bluesy rock. The second is all the little musical touches—sax 
here, congas there, the fretless bass. The music rollicks on by, with 
tracks about revolution and and love and hope and all those other 
values that never r eally died. Heartfelt hopping goo d stuff. (CD/MG) 
PENDULUM, "Atrocity Sin" ($5 from Euthanasia Music, PO Box 
33401, San Antonio, TX 78265): Dark and angry :hyper-core" 
tunes—sort of hardcore, but speeded up a bit, without adding any 
metallic sound. Starvation, AIDS, the end of the world are all grist 
for their mill, which grinds along at a good clip here. Powerful 

skull-collapsing mu sic. (T/MG) _ 

AL PERRY AND THE CATTLE, "Good 'N' Bitter" ($4 from ERL 
Records, 418 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12210): The latest production 
from our local hip record store and indie label, this one features 
the relatively well-known country-thrash twanging of A1 Perry and 
his crew. "Gerbils", an instrumental track, really gets the blood 
moving, while "Good Life" will do a lot to put it back down where 

it belongs. Sardoni c partying music. (45/MG) _ 

PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, "The Shit Factory" (Triple 
X Records, 6715 Hollywood Blvd. #284, Hollywood, CA 90028): A 
concept album—English punks cover nauseatingly sappy pop music. 
It works, as their version of "Toy Boy" or "Hand on Your Heart" 
or "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" demonstrates. Gashing yowling 

demolition of mod em musical icons. (T/MG) _ 

PEZZ, "Kite-Eating Tree" (PO Box 42185, Memphis, TN 38104): 
Somewhat sloppy punk rock with great lyrics. There's a song about 
why hamsters are better than gerbils, and one that calls 2 Live Crew 
"sexist dorks" while defending their right to free speech. The band 
seems to be having a lot of fun with this stuff, and it's definitely 

a pulsepounder. ( T/MG) _ 

PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS, "Beat on the Brat" b/w "Mick Killed 
Brian" ($2.98 from Triple X Records, 6715 Hollywood Blvd Suite 284, 
Hollywood, CA 90028) Ugly hardcore flavored metal, and I'll let the 
press sheet handle the rest of the description: "Beer-bellied, ugly 
and mean..." I can't see the bellies, but the the ugly and mean part 
come out loud and clear on the guttural cover of the Ramones "Beat 
on the Brat." The b side is about a pool excursion with Mick Jagger 
and Brian Jones, loudly suggesting that "Mick Killed Brian." Quite 
obnoxious. (45/PMZ) 

PITBULL, "Don't Push Me" b/w "I'm a Regular Guy" (Tantrum 
Records, PO Box 657, Cambridge, MA 02238) An odd narrative vocal 
leads the punkish Pitbull, and had me pulling out Slovenly records 
to see if their vocalist had switched bands. Well he hasn't, but like 
Slovenly's Anderson, 'comic artisti Alan Reynolds' clear lyrics leave 
me scratching my head: they don't always flow, using unlikely 
comparisons, yet it's hard to criticize such abruptly unique 
constructions. The trio of guitar, bass and drums below is heavy in 
a medium paced hardcore vein with a mildly twisted solo style. The 
complete sound is angular with room for refinement, but is strangely 

satisfying. (45/PMZ)_ 

P.M.S., "Bloody Marys/Blood Sisters" ($4 from Inge Bruggeman, 
PO Box 13726, Santa Barbara, CA 93107): Fern-punk, or something 
like that—six women putting out a lot of noise and a heavy attitude. 
They've got a selection of heavy originals with lots of humor as 
well as bastardized covers—"Big Scrotum" (from Spinal Tap's "Big 
Bottoms") deserves some sort of award—and sing about feminine 
hygeine and bodily functions in a way you've never heard before. 

(T/MG) _ 

HARRY POLKINHORN, "Phonon" ($4 from Jake Berry, 9th St. 
Laboratories, PO Box 3112, Florence, AL 35630): As the title might 
suggest, an exploration of phonetic utterances. The piece "Man" for 
instance, plays around with variations like: "mon", "ataman", 
"mennisco", "mensch". Each phonetic piece is separated by a non- 
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n". A vague statement of purpose is printed on the sleeve having 
something to do with a rejection of traditional philosophical thought, 
but even without a context the dense atmosphere of voice and 
electronic texture makes this an interesting work, and the sound 
quality is excellent . (T/KS) _ 

POLVO, self-titled (Kitchen Puff Records, 696 N. Columbia St., 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514): A dual EP, one clear yellow vinyl, one 
milky green. The music on both is instrumentals (well, there are 
vocals, but they pale by comparison) that almost fall in the acid 
rock category, high-energy guitar playing that crunches through the 
static of the day. Quite infective, heady stuff, in a nice package. 
(2EP/MG) _ 

THE POOPS, "Weird Scenes Inside Your Underpants" and 
ASTHENIA, "Cool" ($3 from Dave Schall, PO Box 2143, Stow, OH 
44224): A split tape, one band on each side. The Poops play cheesy 
rock, with an emphasis on junior high level sexual humor: "Your 
Shoe is in a Baby's Butt" is a typical title. The other side. Asthenia, 
is more ambient, noise and samples with some maddeningly 
repetitive guitar lines over the top. (T/MG) 

POOPSHOVEL, "Outta My Hair" b/w "Dragon Attack" (Com¬ 
munity 3, 438 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211) A hard rocking 
single from this Midwestern metal crossover power rock band. "Outta 
My Hair" opens bass heavy, breaking into hard distortion of 
repeating riffs over a straight ahead beat, in grainy voice bitching 
about a stupidly critical father who's always getting down. The guitar 
solo picks up with metallic swoop and chatter over thickly churning 
chord work as the tune ends with a distanced car crash. "Dragon 
Attack" is more in an Aerosmith vein, and definitely shows this 
band's metal roots. (45/PMZ) 

THE PRAYER CHAIN, self-titled ($6 from Tim Taber, 1421 
Brighton St., La Habra, CA 90631): Well-produced alternative guitar 
rock with a lot of emotional vocal punch to it. Some but not alV of 
their songs are in the Christian rock arena, but love rather than 
religion seems to be the prevailing driving force here. A strong 
demo. (T/MG) 

PRIMUS, "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" (Interscope Records, 10900 
Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1230, Los Angeles, CA 90024): Primus takes 
that crazy goofball off the wall attack on music that made bands 
like The Dickies and The Ramones such favorites ad injects it into 
a harder, heavier, hungrier style of music. Their style is a souped 
up metal rock sound all funked up and ready to roll. It's big and 
sweeping and bold and confident. "Sailing..." marks their debut on 
Interscope Records, but their move up from the smaller indie world 
finds them still as feisty as if they never left it. (T/CS) 

PROJECTIONIST, "The Late Ed of Edgemont" (11272 Santa 
Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025): This one comes in a 
slightly melted colored case, about as jarring as the music within. 
A mix of abrasive noises, tape loops, found sounds and industrial 
clanging. Projectionist can get you into a meditative state if you're 
not careful. And you should be careful, because the imagery that 
follows will inevitably be disturbing. A limit-stretcher for those not 
well acquainted with the noise end of things. (T/MG) 

RADIO SADDAM, self-titled ($8 ppd from Minoy Cassette 
Works, 923 West 232 Street, Torrance, CA 90502): Chaotic, a metal 
noise crossed with static fuzz and echoing "gong" effects...Not unlike 
a vacuum cleaner running amuck through a windtunnel being chased 
by chimes. Side one never changed (thought the fadeout at the end 
was cool). Side two's effect was more like a helicopter and less like 
a vacuum cleaner. Just when you were lulled into thinking it was 
more of the same this fogjorn blast lifts you out of a fog and 
deposits you into a musical traffic jam. But not for long—it all sets 
right back into the groove. (T/CS) 

JENNY RAE, "Moments Often Do" ($4 from Buzz Lovko, 7408 
Bentley Dr., Indianapolis, IN 45214): Very mellow folk music, at 
times bordering on soft rock—the kind of music that you relax to 
on a breezy summer day, as you sit on your shady porch and 
watch life go by. Jenny Rae has a strong, yet gentle, lullaby voice 
that reminds me a lot of Joni Mitchell, and this coupled with 
fingerpicking acoustic guitar and light keyboards and banjo make 
the tape very enjoyable. The electric drums on some of the songs 
seem to detract from the otherwise human, earthy feel of this tape, 
but it's still a good release. (T/DW2) 

RANDOM KILLING, "Kicked in the Nuts: A True Story!!" 
(Resistance Prods, PO Box 426, 8026 Zurich, SWITZERLAND): Fun 


punk from a Canadian band that does indeed tell the title story. 
This 6-song EP also includes the wonderful "Deja Vu", a great 
madcap party song, as well as the more serious anti-war song 
"Foreign Soil". Fast-paced and powerful, good playing, with a foldout 

lyrics poster. (EP/MG)_ 

RATOS DE PORAO, "Anarckophobia" (Roadrunner, 225 Lafa¬ 
yette St. #407, New York, NY 10012): High-octane Brazilian crossover 
harccore/metal, from a band that's been impressing the cognoscenti 
for a few years now. Check out their "Rise and Fall", a reflective 
song about the rock industry and what happens to bands that make 
it too big too fast. Large-girthed vocalist Gordo stands out as one 
of the great punk voices on the planet right now. (T/MG)[MA#1227] 
THE REAL AMERICANS, "Ltd." ($3 from Porkopolis, PO Box 
3529, Cincinnati, OH 45201): A three song cassette with a raw 
hardcore punk feel to it. Their sound harkens back to the early 
days, before punk got any sort of production to it, and they're 
pretty up-front in their lyrics too. (T/MG) 

RECIPIENTS OF DEATH , "Final Flight"(Wild Rags Records, 
2207 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640-4014): An EP of heavy 
duty speedmetal from a trio that somehow seems to play more 
guitars than just the two they claim. Their lyrics (not that you can 
make them out at this pace, but the sheet is included) are all about 
vigilante justice and death and evil men controlling the world and 

stuff like that. A barrage of sound. (EP/MG) _ 

REIN SANCTION, "Creel" b/w "Willowbranch" (SubPop Records, 
PO Box 20645, Seattle, WA 98102): VERY warped guitars and vocals 
that sound like what Michael Stipe would have sounded like if he 
had balls to begin with. Kramer adds his loving touch to the a-side, 
taking the sound he has been getting with Galaxie 500 one step 
further. "Willowbranch" is a little less superb, but tasty nonetheless. 
(45/RJL) 

REVERB MOTHERFUCKERS, "LSD-25" (Vital Music, 81 Second 
Ave., New York, NY 10003): With colored vinyl and a spraypainted 
cover, the RMF are back again. This single is a fine example of the 
self-indulgence that comes with success, a two-sided aid trip with 
bits of music and noise and vocals fading in and out, achieving a 
sort of enlightened disorientation for the listener. Not as good as 
their full-length st uff, but still worth a spin, (45/M G) 

THE REV. HORTON HEAT, "Psychobilly Freakout" b/w "Baby 
You-Know-Who" (SubPop Records, PO Box 20645, Seattle, WA 
98102): A complete guitar assault that is aptly described by the title, 
but still doesn't prepare you for what's in store. The Rev.'s licks 
fly off of his guitar and into your ears so fast that you don't know 
what hit you. A sonic delight. "Baby..." sounds unfortunately like 
a tame version of the a-side. (45/RJL) 

RHYTHM ACTIVISM, "Perogys, Pasta + Liberty" ($8 from Les 
Pages Noires, 3699 Hutchison, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2HR Canada) 
The name Rhythm Activism leaves out the melody so richly heard 
on this tape. This duo's 7th tape commemorates their 2nd European 
tour in the explorations of the music of four cultures, prompting a 
'Warning: quadrilingual contents." Activism refers to their socially 
concious, intelligently anarchistic interests; fortunately, RA uses a 
rubber hammer to make their point in comedic pieces like "7-11 
Heaven," while straightening up for a serious historic piece like 
"Helen Armstrong." Intelligently light-hearted in a strongly melodic 
setting - great fun. (T/PMZ) 

RHYTHM ACTIVISM, "War is the Health of the State" ($6 from 
Les Pages Noires, 3699 Hutchinson, Montreal, Que., H2X 2H4, 
CANADA): Funky politically oriented world beat music. This 
particular tape is an EP-lenghth indictment of war, from the cheerful 
and upbeat "Yo Ho Ho" to the spoken-word "Mutiny" commercial 
to a French-influenced "Apocalypso". Strong words to a danceable 
beat with a messa ge that can't be repeated often enough. (T/MG) 
RIGHT AS RAIN, "Stop, Look & Listen" (Db Records, 432 
Moreland Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307): Roots rock music that's 
twangfully soulful. The kind of music that calls to mind front porches 
at sunset, prairie music and lonesome fields, road trip rebels and 
backyard barbeques. The fluid sense of melody carries along no 
matter what the images, while the delivery conveys an immediate 
earthiness. This is music equally at home in the bar or on the road. 

(T/CS) -_ 

THE RIOT ACT, "Master Plan" b/w "Tacoma" (Trigon Records, 
6837 Hanna Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303): Sold roadhouse garage 
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Hillebrew. These two numbers are a solid intro to the band, a couple 
of frenzied poundi ng rock/punk attacks. Turn it up . (45/MG) 

ROCKNOCEROS, "We're Rocknoceros and We Ear A Lot!" (1300 
S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147): Crazy pop rock with a strong 
beat and lots of people making noise. They remind me a bit of the 
B-52s, with their zany attitude and strongly danceable songs. Kooky 
love songs and a pop-up rhino on the j-card too. Coolth. (T/MG) 
SILVIO RODRIGUEZ, "Cuba Classics 1: Silvio Rodriguez Greatest 
Hits" (Warner Bros. Records, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 
10019-6908): Virtually unknown in the U.S., Cuban singer/songwriter 
Silvio Rodriguez has attained stadium-filling superstar status in Latin 
America. Citing influences from The Beatles to Leadbelly, his music 
is slick, socially-conscious pop that combines Cuban and non-Latin 
hooks. Unfortunately the cassette does not include the translations 
of the lyrics found with the CD package. The first in a new series 
of Cuban popular music recordings compiled by the ever-busy David 

Byrne. (TAVM) _ 

HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, "Der Ohren Spiegel" (Multimood 
Records, Ovre Djupedalsgatan 5, 413 07 Goteborg, SWEDEN): 
Roedelius has been making innovative electronic music for something 
like 25 years now, and his work is as fresh and enjoyable as ever. 
This one is mainly contemplative pieces, involving sax and flutes as 
well as synthesizers, and with some classical overtones. Very clean, 

very intricate, ver y fine. (CD/MG)[MA# 1228] _ 

ROYAL CRESCENT MOB, "Midnight Rose" (Sire Records, Co., 
75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019-6908) Funky rock with a 
down-to-earth feel. Great vocals from all of those involved, and mix 
down didn't go too far in cleaning up the haphazard quality that 
makes the mob endearing. Songs such as "Apples" have a familiar 
feel but aren't rehash of earlier work. Strong funk bass put together 
with garage band drums and a blues rock based guitar. Wow! How 

did this happen? ( T/RS) _ 

ROYAL TRUX, "Twin Infinitives" (Drag City Records, PO Box 
476867, Chicago, IL 60647): Twin Infinitives—Get it? Get it? Double 
LP, by two people. Anyway, Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema 
are drug-induced. Their gatefold sleeve greets you—a great, groovy 
homage to the 12 by 24 collage, and vinyl and The Seventies and 
themselves, in gorgeous low-budget black and white. Then some 
smart-ass reviewer in the press kit says it's like Jandek jamming 
with Pussy Galore, and that does just about ruin the movie right 
on the nose. There's an organ-drenched cut that takes up a whole 
side, but the bluesy stuff with intense, raw vocals, such as Haggerty's 
on "Yin Jin Verus the Vomit Creature", are best. Totally self-indul¬ 
gent, hip, and, oh yeah, drug-induced. On a new Chicago label to 

look out for. (LP/KF)_ 

THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT, "Don't Get Charred, Get 
Puffy" $6 from Joe Newman, 5404 Ave. F, Austin, TX 78751): More 
wonderful madcap pop bizarro songs from Joe Newman and friends. 
With a sound mixing classic cartoons, Frank Zappa and the Bonzos, 
they keep things light and intricate. Songs here include the abrasive 
"Visiting L.A.? Why Not Castrate a Cop?", the "Creation Science 
Polka" and a killer remake of "Cracklin' Rosie". Also has another 
version of "An Orange is Nothing But a Juicy Pumpkin", formerly 
released on their "Moslem Beach Party" tape. (T/M G)[MA# 1229] 
RUSSIAN MEAT SQUATS, "Kdv-The One Who Drives" ($3 from 
Easy Records, 5012 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143) Basic PA 
punk band documenting their history in chronological order from 
high school to present. This includes the opening crude fuck song, 
a miserable instrumental of "Windy", organ cheese music, cut-ins 
of camp songs, street interviews on punk, electronic/prog rock (?), 
stage banter of stupid jokes with visible props you can't see, a 
"Stepping Stone" cover, and otherwise average punk. The attempt 
is to add humor to their grinding, but it's unfocused: when they 
finally get down to it, it's not half bad, but even the recent stuff 
needs a lot of work. (T/PMZ) 

SABBAT, "Mourning Has Broken" (Noise International, 5 Crosby 
St., New York, NY 10013): Aggressive metal with soaring vocals 
and songs about everything from the Bermuda Triangle to the 
Apocalypse. The band has been through a great many members 
since forming, but the current lineup is strong and powerful, capable 
of awesome amounts of guitar complexity. (CD/MG) 

SAINT JOSEPH, "Blessed" (Para-Maniac, PO Box 438724, 
Chicago, IL 60643): Polished solo rock, with the songs being 
presented in both electric and acoustic versions. I enjoyed the latter 


more, especially the percussion-peppiness of "Good Feelings". The 
music is perky and loving, and deals with both people and the need 
to get those peopl e together. A promising demo. ( T/MG)[MA#1230] 
SCALEY ANDREW, "Raising the Goddess" ($3 from Teen Beat, 
PO Box 50373, Washington, DC 20091) Off the cuff solo-less pop 
on this DC trio's 7", with a kinetic blend of 60's progressions and 
concise alternative pop. It's unclear if this is a concious sound for 
this band, ot due to Unrest Mark E's productions, but on all 4 
songs, clear guitar, bass and drums are somehow diffused into a 
blurry pop suspension, making only the vocal skew of "Paul 
Robeson" stand out. With every listen I find that the tunes are 
good, but that it drops out of memory quickly. (7 "/PMZ) 

THE DAN SCHAAF ENSEMBLE, "Songs Without Singers" ($7.50 
from Cricket Forum Recordings, 319 Derby, Michigan City, IN 46360): 
Electronic music which carefully structures itself to reveal a sweep 
of emotions and affinities to both modern and classical instrumentals. 
Schaaf concentrates on matching the title to the music—the hopping 
of "The Bee", the perkiness of "Cousin OloPs Gregorian Band", the 
stateliness of "First Frost". Very pleasant and professional stuff. 

(T/MG)[MA#7504] __ 

DANIEL SCHEIDT, "Action/Reaction" $20.25 from Diffusion i 
Media, 4487, rue Adam, Montreal, QUE, HIV 1T9, CANADA): Oddly 
attractive experimental music, each piece the result of a duet between 
a particular soloist and a piece of interactive computer software. The 
computer sets the parameters, the person explores them. Best cuts 
include the percussion-based "Obeying the Laws of Physics" and 
the vocal; "Stories Told", in which Catherine Lewis's soprano mutates 
into the words of an exotic tongue, unknown to any human. 

(CD/MG)[M A# 1232]_ 

SCHERZO/KISMET H.C. split EP (£1.25 from Dave Kismet, 
Field House, High St., Leek, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST13 
5DZ, ENGLAND): 20 minutes of hardassed hardcore from these two 
' groups here. They're both into social issues, with feminism and 
animal rights and the futility of violence all coming in for lyrical 
notice over the pounding fury of guitars and drums. They even 
apologize for the fact that the master was pressed, unbeknownst to 
them, by a subsid iary of a multinational. (EP/MG) 

HENRY SCHNEIDER, "Lux Aetema" ($6 from 210 Woodcombe, 
Houston, TX 77062): Henry runs the Poly 800 User's Group, and 
so naturally this music heavily depends on that synthesizer. IPs very 
fine, very polished stuff, full of eerie progressions and carefully-de¬ 
veloped themes. The flip side, "Astralingua", is a collaboration 
between Henry and Fred Becker, and gets more bouncy and jaunty 

as it goes along. ( T/MG)[MA#7503] _ 

SCI-PHONICS, self titled (Frank Ridsdale, 834 Lome ave., 
London, Ontario, Canada, NSW 3K8) Four guys of the former rock 
band "Uranus" that was torn apart from the test of time. Sci-phonics 
was originally formed to simply have fun and waste some time 
playing out like they used to, but here they are with a tape in for 
review, so something must be happening. Folky rock based around 
acoustic and electric guitar, upright bass,and light percussion. Dig 
in because iPs a d own home feel from the 60's. ( T/RS) 

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12210): These two Eps have a neat-o healthy dose of paranoia, from 
their titles to the picture of Charlie Manson on the cover of "Them." 
The music inside is much friendlier and accessible pop with a heavy 
guitar edge, sometimes on the dark side. Cyn's vocals are lovely in 
a Chrissie Hynde way, although they sound a bit strained at times. 
Two songs were recorded live at an Albany club and the sound is 
murky to say the least, the audience noise drowning out the excellent 
"Spark." Nevertheless, this is an impressive debut from a band that 
deserves to break out of its local scene. (T/DW) 

SCREAMING POPEYES, self-titled ($4 from Jeff Olson, 210 S. 
Alta #D, Branon, MO 65616): This is sort of like being let loose in 
an audio funhouse as an experiment designed by a crazed studio 
happy alien from the future. That's the best way to describe this 
intriguing and entertaining debut from the Popeyes—a collage of 
helium induced vo cals, electronic sounds and warp ed music. (T/CS) 
DAVID SCURR, "Sizes" (DOVentertainment, Inc., 2 bloor St. 
West, Suite 100-189, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4W3E2) Side one 
opens up with a great story narrated by Sara Pitzer, and continues 
on with pieces of synth based noise with a lot of tonal activety. 

Good music to rea d a book to. (T/RS) _ 

SECRECY, "Image of Secrecy" (IWS, PO Box 904, Manhassat, 
NY 11030): Pop music heavy on the vocals. The lead song, "In 
Cars", shows a lot of promise, a simple tone with lots of harmonies 
and a universal teen experience to back it up. Much of their material 
is not as distinctive, but this is overall a quite pleasant debut. 

(T/MG)[MA# 1233] _ 

SEEMEN, "Spring Lamb" ($6.00 from 3337 B 17th St., San 
Fransisco, CA 94110) Fuzzy, static filled industrial that sounds like 
something that was created all at once, as opposed to a piece that 
grows one sound at a time and is layered accordingly. Seperate 
pieces are distinct from one another in their set ups, but they seem 
awfully short, alth ough the whole tape is 45 minu tes long. (T/RS) 
THE SEERS, "Psych Out" (Relativity, 187-07 Henderson Ave., 
Hollis, NY 11423) Straight forward, melody based rock'n'roll. Guitars 
pick out repetetive verses and slide easily into choruses that revolve 
around smooth tenor lyrics. Rhythm Bass and Drums take a backseat 
to the most promi nent voice and guitar. (T/RS) 

SEPULTURA, "Arise" (Roadrunner Records, 225 Lafayette St. 
#407, New York, NY 10012): Grinding speed metal from somewhere 
in the Brazilian jungles. Maybe the best part about this album is 
the dauntingly surreal cover painting, but then, the music is pretty 
hard to ignore itself. Fast guitar solos, growling vocals, endless 
power drumming, all wrapped up into one migraine-pounding 
morass of heavy metal noise. (T/MG)[MA#1234] 

SEX POLICE, "Medallion" ($10 from Baited Breath Productions, 
PO Box 3597, Chapel Hill, NC 27515): Funky rock with a touch of 
metal, pumped up by an amazing horn section. While a few 
numbers—like their eponymous tune—tread dangerously close to 
disco territory, in general this is madcap music, multilayered with 
plenty to listen to and a beat that won't quit. (CD /MG) 

NILS SHIELDS, "Nude Knight" (GLP Music, 652 Moulton Ave., 
Los Angeles, CA 90031): Nils is apparently hoping to build a rock 
career on outrageous secual innuendo (or straightforward sexual 
lyrics). But I found his musical style, or what passes for style, to 
be mostly just droning. All the songs were the same, lots of 
overblown vocals and sliding guitars. I'll pass. (CD /MG) 

SHRINKWRAP, "Fear, Loathing and Admiration" ($6 from 
Shrinkwrap Propaganda, PO Box 11831, Pittsburgh, PA 15226): 
Industrial that may shock you into submission, testing the waters 
between humor and horror. This is not violence of the casual sort, 
but a thinking person's dive into the cultural machinery, which 
makes it that much more intense. Samples sound as if they were 
recorded from a television speaker—and they probably were, but 
the effect is not low budget, more like your friendly living room 
boob tube has gotten real scary, when juxtaposed with diligently 
crafted tape loops of noise, and thrown all out of context. It's 
dissonant, structured stuff. "Jeopardy (Date Rape)" takes a sample 
of that classic quiz show theme, and throws in a beat box, 
degenerating into other less friendly sounds including a recording 
of a couple fighting and then fucking. Sure, it's only a porno flick, 
but... Shrinkwrap controls noise to powerful effect, instead of passing 
off noise as a powerful thing in itself (which it's not). Laugh in the 
face of death with M. Physema, Placebo Domingo, Floyd X, Amy 
L. Nitrate, Anna Rexia. Gamers a Parental Advisory seal of 


disapproval. (T/KF)__ 

SHRINKWRAP & TRAILER COURT FLAMBE, split tape ($5 
from PO Box 11831, Pittsburgh, PA 15228): A pair of nearly 20-minute 
songs by these two challenging groups. They each incorporate a lot 
of tape looping, but Shrinkwrap samples from contemporary sources 
while TCF tends to go in for altered live vocals. They go great 
together, paranoia feeding on paranoia, tapes, treated pianos, 

keyboards, gurgle d guitars. (T/MG) _ 

SIC, "History Ends Tonight" ($5 from Roger Armstrong, 8605 N. 
59th Ave. #2009, Glendale, AZ 85302): The title is apt, as this is a 
recording of the band's final show from 1989. Though Roger is now 
in Arizona, this was recorded in Tokyo—once again proving that 
hardcore is as close to an international language as we are ever 
likely to get. They pound through a lineup of about twenty songs, 
mostly in English, and you can almost hear the sweat spattering off 

the walls. (T/MG) ___ 

SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK, "The 1st Generation" (ROIR, 611 
Broadway #411, New York, NY 10012): A re-release of the band's 
early demo tapes. The music is harsh and repetitive, a hip high-tech 
gloss over moronic drum machine beats and an abiding fascination 
with the musical potential (not actually realized) of technology. The 
group was an oddity, a self-professed sham, worth a listen as history 
but really no great shakes as music. (T/MG)[MA# 1 235] 

SKATENIGS, "Chemical Imbalance" (Wax Trax, 1659 N. Damen 
Ave., Chicago, IL 60647): Wild Texan crunch industrial metal funk 
dance music. The Skatenigs have an expansive sound, sprawling all 
over the musical map, but with a core groove that won't quit—along 
with lyrics that condemn narrowmindedness and demand the right 
to be different. Serious party music. This CD-single has an intro by 
the late Lorri Jackson as well, making it probably an instant collectors' 
item. (CD/MG) 

SKINNY SLENDER, "A Brazen Beauty" ($3.00 from Hey, 1901* 
Centenary, Apt. H-62, Shreveport, LA 71101) An Interesting combo 
with their slow drum machine tracks and minimally used acoustic 
and electric guitar and bass and keyboard melodies. All instruments 
and vocals are effect laden but simplistic, as layering is very light. 
Singer has a Peter Murphyish voice perfectly set into pieces such 
as "A Science Called Time" that sparks remembrances of Bauhaus. 

(T/RS) _ 

KEVIN SLICK, "Class Struggle" (PO Box 11076, Calder Square, 
State College, PA 16805): Gently appealing, this release featured 
music that was a little bit rugged and a lot country. Kevin plays 
all the instruments here, but avoid the feeling of total homogeniza¬ 
tion. Mixing in a 60s flavored "mod" atmosphere. The result is not 
unlike a bell-bottomed hipper-toned Gordon Lightfoot: simple, but 

effective. (T/CS) _X_ 

KEVIN SLICK, "Gallery" (Kevin Slick, PO Box 11076 Calder Sq., 
State College, PA 16805): Morose, but inoffensive keyboard medita¬ 
tions—the kind of stuff that confuses the automatic music search 
feature on your cassette deck. Slick's "Esq-1" produces a variety of 
low-intensity sounds'—breathy, soaring synth drones and acoustic 
piano mimicry for the most part—that recall Eno's "Music for 
Airports", but the overall "ambient" effect is much shallower and 
not one I can savor. Lots of line noise, too. Nothing to get excited 
about (which may, in all fairness, be the point). ( T/KS) 

SMASHING ORANGE, "My Deranged Heart" b/w "Only 
Complete In You" (Ringers Lactate, PO Box 5012, Long Island City, 
NY 11105): Spacy, psychedelic music that shows some surprisingly 
good songwriting beneath all the fuzz and wah-wah. Droney pop 
is one of the big trends these days, but these folks manage to inject 
some personality in there, which sets this a cut above the rest. 

(45/RJL) _ 

SMASHING PUMPKINS, "Tristessa" b/w "La Dolly Vita" 
(SubPop Records, PO Box 20645, Seattle, WA 98102): One and two 
chord riffs that take their cue from Mudhoney, although the B side 
goes for some acoustic guitar before the big solo comes in. If SubPop 
were the answer to my prayers. I'd be drooling over this; but they're 

not, so I won't. (4 5/RJL) _ 

SMERSH, "Deep House Anthems" ($5 from Atlas King, PO Box 
35, South Plainfield, NJ 07080) Beats, electronics, feedback tones, 
weird overdubs and warped vocals combine in an upbeat music. 
Many of acid house's elements are here, but overlayed with oddness 
and electronics, combine to more of a Residents end. Behind the 
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use of tones: the "20,000 Fathoms..." of. their RRRecord is harbored 
more deeply and delicately in "Japanese Coffee Candy" than ever 
before. It may be their 'Vulgar Modernism' publishing name that 
best describes Smersh as they continue to pump out their energetic 
and quirky structu res. (T/PMZ) _ 

SMILE, "Seventh Free Record" ($6 from Starfyre Records do 
Mike Waterman, 427 N. 11th St., Dekalb, IL 60115) Two guitars, 
bass and drums are the basis of this band's alternativelly alternative 
rock sound. Slower than hardcore and definitely not folk, one might 
compare them to the likes of Galaxie 500, with their rhythm guitar, 
and bass groove thing. Attention all maniac collectors: all of the 
album covers are one-of-a-kind, hand done. A good introductory 
first release. (LP/RSJ__ 7 

THE SOLENOID HUMS, "The Enemy" ($3 from Kevin Lintner, 
827 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603-2739): Nasty edgy near-in¬ 
dustrial pounding music. Everything, vocals and guitar and keyboards 
and beat, all seems a bit fuzzed out, transmitted by broken radios 
from a future rife with smoking carcasses of exploded robots. "I 
Fisted Jesse Helms " deserves some sort of title aw ard. (T/MG) 

SOLITARY MOB, "Shade of Experience" (Andy Duong, 3816 
Aspenwood Dr., Bedford TX 76021): Thick, wall-of-sound synthesizer 
songs are among the most polished I've heard in the bloated genre. 
Audiophile quality recording techniques, high melodrama, and Daniel 
Ash styled vocals round out the expected early 80s British electronic 
pop approach, weaving between songs to make young women in 
black alternately dance and swoon. Includes a humorless cover of 
"Sunshine" ("...sunshine, you are my sunshine..."). Not a smidgen 
of tape hiss, anyw ay. (T/KF) _ 

SORE THROAT, "And We Don't Care" (Weasel Records, PO 
Box 1274, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266): 112 tracks of screaming 
hardcore thrash. This is a compilation of two LPs and an EP, plus 
one extra bonus track. Musically, Sort Throat is not much more 
than a blur, and without the included lyrics it would be impossible 
to figure out what they're singing about at all. An oddity and a 
grand din. (CD/MG)_ 

SOSUMI, "Bad Day At the Lab" (Synthetic, PO Box 609478, 
Geveland, OH 44109): Heady cynical rock that made me laugh until 
I cried. "CD Players in Outer Space" goes after the Star Wars 
program; "This is Supposed to be Fun" challenges the plasticization 
of music, while "Holocaust Rock" tackles the lighter side of nuclear 
destruction. They end with a bitched-up cover of "I Am The Walrus". 
Wonderfully enjoy able. (CD/MG) __ 

SOULSIDE, "Soon Come Happy" ($10 from Dischord, 3819 
Beecher St. NW, Washington, DC 20007): A walloping twenty-three 
songs of DC punk, two LPs and a seven inch all mushed together. 
Strong rhythms, angry vocals, and a social conscience are the prime 
ingredients here—screaming and guitar gymnastics are downplayed 
in favor of a tight sound that demands thought and reaction. Comes 
with a full lyric b ooklet, of course. (CD/MG) 

SOUND OF MY OWN VOICE, "Where's Tommy" b/w "Valerie 
Dear" (Noiseville, PO Box 124, Yonkers, NY 10719): Catchy pop 
ditties that show a flair for some inventive chordal structuring. The 
production is a bit on the thin side, robbing the guitars of some of 
their impact, but all in all pretty enjoyable when help up to what 
other bands are d oing in the same genre. (45/RJL) 

SPARROWS, "Hey Kari G." b/w "Smile My Caroline" ($3 from 
Susstones, PO Box 6425, Minneapolis, MN 55406): Pure shimmering 
pop music, stuff that could have been recorded any time in the past 
three decades or so. The Sparrows are a simple and up-front band, 
blending pleasant melodies with nice harmonies and easy lyrics. The 
result is something close tot he eternal pop formula, a song you 
hum and smile to while it's on and forget afterwa rds. (45/MG) 

SPINNING JENNY, "Dizzifying Heights" (738 Park St., Stough¬ 
ton, MA 02072): Progressive rock that is trying hard but not quite 
there yet. Their main assets are a talent for touching songwriting 
and the crisp vocals of Cherie Felos. On the downside, the production 
here is a bit rocky, and the songs tend to blur into one another, 
with their similar progressive/crossover sounds. But there's definitely 
some good stuff h ere. (T/MG)[MA#1236] _ 

SPITPOPE, "Sing A Song Of Satan" (Go Ahead Records, PO Box 
424, Haslett, MI 48840) Side one, "Wasting Away" starts slowly with 
a simple melody played on electric guitar and Melanoma singing 
desperate lyrics in her strong but haunting voice. Just at the point 
when one starts to accept the song for being lovely and slow. 


Spitpope breaks into a fast, grinding pace and drives the listener 
into the ground- it's wonderful. Side two, that isn't quite as 
surprising, breaks off into a controlled jam, bringing in more of that 
reverb ridden guit ar sound. This band is good. (4 5/RS) 

THE SQUIRRELS, "What Gives?" (Popllama, PO Box 95364, 
Seattle, WA 98145-2364): It's a cheap and easy shot, but it still has 
to be taken: the Squirrels are definitely squirrelly. They do a medley 
of Oz songs 90's fashion, give us some modern angst in "The 
Demise of Ricky Nelson", and slam a couple of covers including 
"Game of Love". Their sound runs from pop to psychedelic, stopping 
off along the way f or some good clean musical paro dy fun. (CD/MG) 

CARL STALLING, "The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner 
Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958" (Warner Bros. Records, 75 Rockefeller 
Plaza, New York, NY 10019-6908): Loony Toons Music. Stalling, as 
Warner Bros, cartoon music composer/arranger, produced some of 
the most hilarious and complex music ever recorded. Complete 
soundtracks and medleys here feature music you grew up on, 
including the perennial factory background tune, "Powerhouse" and 
"Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals." Several raw session 
tapes also provide insight into both the incredible difficulty of these 
works and the high craft of the studio musician. Amazing and very 
funny. (CD/WM) ^ _ 7 

JUSTIN STARK, "All to Kill a Rattlesnake" (Indian Creek, PO 
Box 4247, Portland, OR 97208): Solo guitar rock with a rather somber 
and foreboding feel to it. Stark seems determined to explore some 
of the darker byways, not necessarily to bring people down, but to 
make dark music. At times gentle, at times with a harder edge, this 
material is professi onal without being polished. (T /MG)[MA# 12371 

STEEL POLE BATH TUB, "Tulip" ($7 from Boner Records, PO 
Box 2081, Berkeley, CA 94702-0081): Remember the story of LORD 
OF THE FLIES, where the schoolkids devolve into little beasts when 
separated from civilization? Well, if they got rescued, grew up and 
formed a band, it would probably sound a lot like these Montana 
castaways. They put together tape loops, aggressive guitar, and 
vocals from hell to form thickets of noise that chase down the 
listener and poke h im with sharp sticks. A joy to vi brate to. (LP/MG) 

STELCH, "The Great Uprising" (PO Box 64726, Chicago, IL 60664): 
Blistering, angry acid/grunge that kicks in like you never heard it 
before. You haven't. These guys got horsepower to spare. "I Wish 
I Was a Little Rock" is one of the biggest payoffs, its dangerous, 
grinding, distorted riff punctuated by the spoonful-of- saccharine, 
wired-up-on-Jesus voice of a woman spouting goop on a children's 
record. It's brilliant and so is the brutal hip-hop dissection of the 
title cut. So is the whole album, man. Somehow Stelch manages to 
avoid the whole whitey/dance/sample thing and go straight for your 
skull with a baseball bat. The only way to dance to this is to thrash 
wildly on the floor. I prefer to blare it on headphones and play 
video games, stoned out of my gourd. It's pretty funny, too. I don't 
know what they rest of you saps will get, but the review copy is 
pressed on blood-r ed vinyl. Write now and beg fo r one. (LP/KS) 

STICK FARM/THE PERFECT CRIME (7 DM/$5 from Weed 
Productions, Sonnhalde 45, 7800 Freiburg, West Germany) Stick Farm 
is a Canadian band with hardcore influences and a reserved Big 
Black tendency in beat and crunchiness, though with a 70's metal 
sound in their solos. The Perfect Crime is German, opening with a 
dark "Alice in Wonderland", a driving melodic piece of distortion 
and sustained guitar interplay, in strong voice describing a woman 
of the street in her self-defined fantasy. "Circulation of the Words" 
picks up a Baal-like Bowie tone in a building narrative of futility 
dedicated to "Death of a Salesman". Though pairing two rather 
disparate bands, a 7" worth checking into. (7'7PM Z) 

ST. JAMES, "Attitude" (Coast to Coast, 6253 Hollywood Blvd., 
Hollywood, CA 90028): Well, I had this on the stereo and a friend 
walked in and said, "Oh, you're playing some good music for a 
change". In this case that means fairly mainstream hard rock, from 
a band just a wee bit puffed up with itself—comparing themselves 
to "Bon Jovi having an epileptic fit" is one aspect of this. Slick 
material, aimed at the dorm and frat crowd and the arena audiences 
of the future. (T/MG) 

STRAIGHTJACKET FITS, "Melt" (Arista Records, 6 W. 57th St., 
New York, NY 10019): A New Zealand band with a desolate, 
sometimes melancholy sound to them. They mix clever poppy hooks 
and guitar attacks, plenty of harmonies and lots of tension. Groomed 
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STRETCHHEADS, "23 Skinner" (Blast First, 429 Harrow Rd., 
London W10 4RE, ENGLAND): A wonderfully dense and demented 
dance cut that "borrows" more from the band 23 Skidoo than just 
their logo on the cover. The groovy beat and sampled oddities sound 
like any of Skidoo's best, but the Stretchheads push it to the limit 
before devolving into the theme from "Rhoda" (?), which for some 
reason sounds like the way-cool closing theme from "Sesame Street". 
From there it ends with some tribal thump. The flip side sounds 
like "Creamcorn"-era Buttholes. Derivative, but who's complaining? 
(EP/RJL) 

SUBJUGATOR, "The Hatred Principle" ($4 from Steve Blair, 38 
Richardson St., Newton, MA 02158): A three song demo with lyrics 
and stickers, this one is in the death-crunchy neighborhood that the 
group's name might lead you to suspect. Mostly they sing about 
how lousy society is these days, the suppression of youth, and the 
breeding of a human race with no future. All this comes with metal 
sludgeforces desig ned to overload your brain. (T/M G) 

SUICIDAL SUPERMARKET TROLLEYS, "Greetings From Lon¬ 
don" (Resistance Productions, PO Box 426, 8026 Zurich, SWITZER¬ 
LAND): Not since Anti Nowhere League, or maybe Anti Pasti have 
I heard such raw, sweaty unshaven working class rough and stubbly 
punk rock. There's a big powerful sound to be had here, one that 
manages to hold its own despite its fundamentally basic approach. 
While the overall genre is getting a bit tired, this particular delivery 

of it is still quite f resh. (EP/CS) _ 

SUPERCHUNK, "Cool" b/w "Fishing" ($3 from Merge Records, 
PO Box 1235, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) Grungey rock with a pop 
punk undertone and just a shade of rising melody below. Being 
"Cool" to this band is a heavy sound, and a dense layering of 
guitars and voice is their preferred approach. "Fishing" is a more 
churning tune, with a hardcore Sonic Youth flavor, using SY guitar 
drilling under a barked out vocal approach. If not exactly a chunky 

single, it's definitel y thick. (45/PMZ) _ 

SYMBOLIKS, "Ticket to Everywhere" (£3 from Chainsaw cas¬ 
settes, 11, Layton Road, Islington, London N1 OPX, ENGLAND): 
Instrumental experimental noise music crackups. They range from 
maddening bazouki looping to Wax Trax-style industrial dance music. 
Parts of side two are pretty flat, with long uninteresting stretches, 
but for the most part the changes here are well done and the 
compositions emotionally charged with percussive energy. 

(T/MG)[MA#7502] ______ 

TARGET 29, demo tape ($4 CASH from 627 Taylor St. #21, San 
Francisco, CA 94102): I tried to like this one, but it was tough. Their 
strengths lie in being simple and direct. Their weakness is that 
neither Howard's guitar nor Donna's singing is all that attractive; 
both seem unpolished and rough-edged. The crowd that digs folks 
like Beat Happening and Daniel Johnston may dig this too, but it 

left me cold. (T/MG)__ 

TECHNICAL ACADEMY, "The Technical Academy Plays bOb" 
($6 from Bob Lee, Sebastopol, CA 95473-0846): Experimental 
instrumental music, tackling things like time-delayed improvisation, 
songs featuring different tempos for different instruments, and other 
bizarrities. Overall it works out very well, coming across as 
interesting rather than abrasive, the dissonance always having a 
purpose and a direction. Jazz from an alternate dimension. (T/MG) 
TEMPLE OF THE DOG, self-titled (A & M, 1416 North LaBrea 
Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028): Featuring members of Soundgarden 
and Mother Love Bone, the project was conceived out of the tragedy 
of Andrew Wood's death (vocalist for Mother Love Bone), and 
pursued in the spirit of life and fun. Strong and stirring with lots 
of power, the music recalls the days of 70s power ballads and hard 
rock without leaning too heavily into the commercial kitsch that 
accompanied many of the releases of that time pe riod. (T/CS) 
THANATOPSIS THRONE, "Quit to Win" ($7 from Spasms 
Cassettes, 504 W. 24th #87, Austin, TX 78705): Dark and eerie pop 
music, the sort to send shivers down the spine on cold nights. With 
lots of keyboards and downbeat guitars and the occasional highlight 
of clarinet or harmonica, the put together excellent polished 
minor-key stuff here. Not quite pop, but who knows what else to 
call it—death pop? Attractive, anyhow. (T/MG) 

THINKING FELLOWS UNION LOCAL 282, "The Natural Finger" 
(Ajax Records, PO Box 146882, Chicago, IL 60614): Choppy rhythms 
and strong vocals (I wish I knew her name) dress up this 4-song 
EP. "Leaky Bag" sounds great, music that takes the mold, shatters 


it, and dances on the pieces. Harmonic madness that's worth seeking 
out and playing re peatedly, beyond rock into—som ething. (45/MG) 
THREE LEGGED DOG, "Loaded" ($8 ppd from Bomp! Records, 
PO Box 7112, Burbank, CA 91510): Powerful midwest hardcore from 
this great three-piece. Three Legged Dog manage to create a very 
distinct and original sound with a wide variety of songs that don't 
need to follow the everyday "play fast, mosh part, play fast again" 
hardcore recipe. Bobby Christopher's pissed off vocals and guitar 
play off of Tim Aynardi's innovative basslines while Deva 
Maheswaran keeps the beat with some cool snare/cymbal work. 
"Loaded" contains a wide variety of Dog recordings from '87 to '89 
including a great ballad-like tune called "Black Eyes." Don't miss 
out on this long-a waited piece of vinyl. (LP/DW2) 

THROWING MUSES, "The Real Ramona" (Sire Records, 75 
Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019-6908): An album which is a 
bit poppier, perhaps more mainstream, than past efforts from the 
Muses—though "Counting Backwards", the lead cut, is firmly in the 
alternative rock arena, and David Narcizo's drums seem to have 
taken on new life here, with plenty of beat-heavy tracks scattered 
throughout. The trademark vocal harmonies are still there, the sound 
still distinctive, bu t evolving rather than stagnant. (T/MG) 

THRU BLACK HOLES BAND, "Space Trip" (Carl Howard, 
Audiofile Tapes, 209-25 18 Ave., Bayside, NY 11360): The self-pro¬ 
fessed goal of this band "was to produce original material similar 
to early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind or the Residents." They have 
succeeded, I think, particularly in the Hawkwind department. Long, 
ambling, linear pieces here (even the short cuts, somehow), with 
lots of space-rock guitar, warbling keyboards, and enigmatic 
vocals—all run through plenty o'effects pedals. Given the genre 
limitations here, some of this is pretty intense, though the sound 
quality is close to atrocious. An accompanying 8-page booklet features 
some of founder/mastermind Michael Roden's extremely cool 

comix-derived illus trations. (T/KS) _ __ 

TANITA TIKARAM, "Everybody's Angel" (Reprise Records, 3300 
Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505): Husky-voiced singing with 
thoughtful lyrics and a sort of new age spiritual musical backing. 
Tanita has roots in Germany, Fiji, Malaya and England, giving her 
an accent impossible to describe and hard to forget. A very distinctive 
sound, and one that will appeal to many who stay away from the 

further reaches of new music. (T/MG) _ 

TOO MUCH JOY, "Cereal Killers" (Giant Records, 345 North 
Maple Drive, Suite 205, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-3855): "TMJ is Jay 
Blumenfield, Tim Quirk, Sandy Smallens, and Tommy Vinton. It is 
also a way of life, a state of mind and a mouth disease." That's 
their words, and I can only add a great band to boot. This tape 
has hardly left my car since I first put it in. The music is kind of 
a cross between The Dead Milkmen and Scruffy the Cat. The tunes 
have so many hooks in them I'll christen it velcro pop. 14 tunes 
with nary a clinker on it. They can crash in my living room any 

time. (T/KL)_ 

DEBRA TORRE, "Fast lane" (American Record Distribution, 1500 
E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, CA 91206): A new dance-oriented 
single that goes heavy on the percussion, programming, mixing. 
Technically it is real slick, as music it's only so-so, without any 

particular human s ide to it. (EP/MG) _ 

TRAILER COURT FLAMBE, "Firemans Carnival" ($5 from 
Gregory Parker, Guess Behemoth Inc., 916 W. College Ave. #3, 
State College, PA 16801): Aggressive sound collages from the duo 
of Craig Whitman and 
Greg Parker. They put 
together tape loops 
with live keyboards, 
guitars and vocals to 
form walls of intimi¬ 
dating noise, a snip¬ 
pet of opera here, a 
bit of TV there, dental 
drills injecting viruses 
deep into your brain. 

It takes a while to 
calm down again 
when this one is over; 
definitely psychoac¬ 
tive. (T/MG) 































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TRASH VEGAS, "Legal High Blues" b/w "Rated X" (Get Hip 
Records, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15317) "Legal High Blues" 
rocks steady from this five member band out of Pittsburgh and gets 
more wild on the flip side with "Rated X". Both songs sound like 
they were an inspiration to jam rather than to convey a message 
of any sort, as the lyrics are very minimalistic and quite repetitive 
sung in a throaty, thrash style. Much emphasis is put on lead guitar 
and drums. (45/RS) 

THE TROUBLE WITH LARRY, "Anemone" ($3 from Good Kitty 
Records and Tapes, 201-A N. Davis Ave., Richmond, VA 23220): 
Madcap cacophonous punk/pop music. The lead song "Paranoia" is 
paranoia incarnate, all wild "buzzbox" and adrenalin-busting bass 
lines and vocals from hell. The band has a real presence, dark and 
eerie, and a sound that can't stand still long enough to get a handle 
on, but worth foll owing just to hear the aftermath . (EP/MG) 

TRYPTIC OF A PASTEL FERN, "Star Versus Cube" (Poison Plant 
Music, 7 Woodsend PI, Rockville, MD 20854) Crazy overdub 
madness, kinetic percussion, messed synth, and twisted humor; a 
Negativland comparison is in order by hectic pacing and unlikely 
elements used. But the percussive sense sets it apart, as well as the 
use of synths pushed and pulled to the edges, and, most obviously, 
a blatant sense of humor. That humor is quite bizarre, at times 
spastically stupid, but quite effective: the argument at the end of 
the 1st side is worth the price alone. Set against the impressive 
and, as they point out, intense, music, this is a wonderfully hyper 
and confusing rec ord worth hearing. (EP/PMZ) 

TUMOR CIRCUS, "Take Me Back Or I'll Drown Our Dog" b/w 
"Swine Flu" (Alternative Tentacles, PO Box 11458, San Francisco, 
CA 94101) It comes as no suprise to Biafra/DK fans that Jello is 
obsessed with the media. "TMBOIDOD" is focused soley on that 
silliness and 'how life should be,' with lyrics of headlines and 'news' 
briefs, Jello's sarcastic commentary between. The Tumor Circus band 
of Steel Pole Bathtub and King Snake Roost members makes a great 
sound: heavy, yet less the rapid thrash of the average Jello cut. 
'Swine Flu" is about picking up said disease from a stray cat, the 


point of which evades me, but with this band behind, is a good 
song on a strong single. (45/PMZ) __ 

RICK ULMAN, "It is Better to Make Three War Songs Than 
World War Three" ($3.50 from PO Box 15075, St. Louis, MO 63110): 
This one was out in mid-February but thanks to our reviewing 
schedule it seems a bit less current now. Only a bit, though, because 
Rick's acoustic guitar and folk style anti-war songs, while they do 
have reference to Iraq, are still worth a listen. Simple, a bit rough 
around the edges, but very sincere and heartfelt p rotest. (T/MG) 

UMCLUNK, "bareschlonghoagie," THE VELVETEEN CLUNK, 
"Cornin' atcha babe! (Chris Comer, 27459 W. river, Perrysburg, OH 
43551) Two sjdes of this improv band recorded live at BGSU, the 
Bowling Green college station. "Comin atcha" is a quirky improv 
jazz piece with no (apparent) guitar on it. The drums are up a bit 
far in the mix, and the piece was a little short, but only that I 
wanted more. The full Umclunk experience unshackled itself during 
"bareschlonghoagie," a free-for-all jam that left me laughing with 
glee at the sheer madness and fury of it. The tension created by 
zonked noise guitar, light jazz piano, wildly ker-plunking bass and 
frantic drumming bounces the sound around, sometimes sending 
the whole thing right the fuck off the handle, before bringing it 
back to some semblance of order. The beauty of Umclunk is their 
insanely masterful control over what appears to be the uncontrollable. 
Jazz-thrash—now t here's a mutationlflTTG) _ 

UNCHAINED, "Locked Out" (Rock City Productions, 1415 Main 
St. #720, Worcester, MA 01603): A first tape from an Allentown 
band that shows a good deal of promise. Their biggest asset is Gary 
O's playing the bass guitar as a lead instrument, lending a very 
bluesy overtone to their rock playing. Their lyrics are perhaps a bit 
overblown, but the sound is cool and worth replaying. 
(T/MG)[MA# 1239] r 7 6 

VAMPIRE RODENTS, "War Music" (Daniel Vahnke, PO Box 
36988, Phoenix, AZ 85067): This is absolutely fabuloqs, modern 
techno-industrial funk-pop with lyrics out of tomorrow's papers and 
the dark corners of hip mutant brains They sing about the decline 
of civilizations, crack babies, violence in the streets, the extinction 
of people, and more-check out "Abortion Clinic Deli" if you dare. 
With keyboards and samples and guitar and heavy percussion they 
create a suffocating sound that pursues your ego re lentlessly. (T/MG) 

VAN GOGH'S ROUGHRIDERS, "Little Rituals" (Radio Cinema, 
11300 4th St. #140, St. Petersburg, FL 33716): Weird rock pop blues 
stuff—check out the song "A Rune With a View" for some lyrical 
madness. They're heavy on the vocals and playfulness, and light 
on things like guitars. Music to mess with your mind just a bit, to 
the accompanimen t of pleasant melodies and harm onies. (T/MG) 

Various Artists, "16 Guys Against the Rest of the World Vol. I" 
(Weed Productions, Sonnhalde 45, 7800 Freiburg, W. Germany) The 
West German Weed Productions compiles four punk/hardcore bands 
on this 7", starting with the US pop punk of Broken Toys, a dark 
Buzzcocks sound singing of poor luck. Schweiz's Doctor Paranoise 
is driving with an almost Zoogz Rift rant vocally. West Germany's 
Carefree doesn't quite emulate their band name, playing a thick 
punk with heavy drumming and direct progressions. The record 
ends on an energetic note with Gulag's Grecian punk, a good guitar 
refrain running throughout, with an invigorated solo before the final 
chorus. Quality pu nk. (7'7PMZ) _ 

Various Artists,1977 Is Not Dead" ($6 from Pierre Roussel, PO 
Box 643 Station C, Montreal, Quebec, H2L-4LS, Canada) The safety 
pin cover tells you that it's not the Talking Heads "1977" refers to. 
Instead, this is a '77 roots of punk Canadian and US compilation 
that comes with issue #6 of Rambling Rose. Though of varying 
sound quality, and with a few forced cuts, most of this does indeed 
show that bands are still playing punk with a lot of energy and 
infectiousness. Highlights include Amnesie, the French singing Les 
Krostons, the straight on beats of Rhythm Collision, Ripcordz's harsh 
throated upbeat punking, and the thicker hardcore strains of The 
Wretched Ones. ( T/PMZ) _ 

Various Artists, "all genre 'Just Listen' Cassette" ($50/12 issues 
from all genre, 738 Main St., Suite 387, Waltham, MA 02254- 9038): 
The audio portion of the all genre Monthly Music Report, a sort 
of grassroots CMJ. This is Volume I, Report 1 and their stated goal 
is to transcend labels like "country", "rock" and "college" and present 
music from, yes, all genres. They offer four choices this time out; 
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a pleasing jazz outfit featuring a killer rhythm section (i.e. photogenic 
drummer/vocalist Iris P.) that takes off from traditional Israeli 
"rhythms and melodies", and Laurence Cook & Marc Leibowitz, 
who experiment—successfully, I think, on a rustling, low-frequency 
sonic playground. Side B is Leo Ego (boring, self-congratulatory TV 
soundtrack music) and Gas Food Lodging (Miami Sound Machine 

in college radio dr ag). (T/KS) _ 

Various Artists,"Art Strike Mantra ($10.00 from Sandbar Willow 
Press, PO Box 978, Hanover, NH 03755) Against making art for 
product consumption, this is an audio collage of numerous artists 
from around the world that support the Art Strike going on from 
1990-1993. All collage material is compiled by Cracker Jack Kid 
according to his own whim and desire, and he piles his clipping's 

high and uses lots of glue. (T/RS) _ 

Various Artists, "Auricular Monthly Audio Magazine #2" ($6 from 
Auricular Records, 575 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117) One of 
the nicer industrial/ experimental compilations I've come across. 
Sealed in a small brown cylinder are a card pack of art work and 
titles, an odd bit of news, and the cassette itself. The cassette 
presents the works of Black Museum, Matt Chappel, Jim Juhn, Waste 
Inc, Foundation for Public Broadcasting, and Drew Dobbs & Rob 
Wortman (of Big City Orchestra). With mesmerizing subsonics, 
throbbing thumps, rhythmic overdub strangeness, actively destructive 
noize, and a general love of sound and its potential, this is a well 

paced and well pa ckaged tape. (T/PMZ) _ 

Various Artists, "Beware of the Sign" ($3 from Upstate Records, 
283 Betsinger Rd., Sherrill, NY 13461-1208): A hardcore comp that 
comes out of the DIY spirit—collect some bands, get a dubbing 
recorder, and just do it. Perhaps the biggest name here is that of 
Hogan's Heroes. Other bands represented include Enrage, Initial 
Cause, Forced Down, Process of Elimination and Refuse to Fall. Not 

spectacular, but n ot bad. (T/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "Bull Press Audio Fanzine Compilation Volume 
2" ($3 or "tapes of whatever" from monsterbation inc., 249-2 Edwards 
St., Binghampton, NY 13901): A densely-packed, low-fi mix of 
energetic bands and found spoken word samples. Darryl Pestilence 
has compiled an audio fanzine that works, i.e. it doesn't leave the 
listener completely clueless. The bands range from Royal Crescent 
Mob funk (Weehawken), early punk influence (The Orville Redenboc- 
ker Experience), hip-hop (Decibel Rebels), and hardcore/reggae 
(Sockeye), to name a few. The bombardment of audio bits from 
film, television, radio and who knows where else reflect a sense of 
humor, a passion for horror flicks and a healthy outrage over 
censorship and "war atrocities". If this was a printed zine I imagine 
it would be crammed to the edges and xeroxed as haphazardly as 
most of this is recorded, but fuck it—when Pestilence's metabolism 
stabilizes, he could be producer wiz of the future. Fun stuff. (T/KF) 
Various Artists, "Cowboy Tea Show Compilator Vol. 1" (Rocket 
Sound Records, PO Box 40397, St. Paul, MN 55104) The cowboys 
must be branding their cattle pretty hard to come up with a comp 
like this. Four bands give out a dense and heavy rocking tune 
apiece, nicely produced on 10" vinyl. The Morgantics open with a 
push/pull tune of thick vocals and a Subpop sound, followed by 
Monster Zero's tight, punkish elements and quick bass lines. The 
2nd side starts with a frantically paced Bone Club tune using good 
syncopated drums, with Superball 63 ending on a grungey voiced 
chugging hardcore note. What this has to do with the west is beyond 
me, but it's a fine intro to 4 good bands. (10"/PM Z) 

Various Artists, "The Electronic Cottage International Compilation 
Cassette Series, Vol. 2" ($7 from Hal McGee, Electronic Cottage, PO 
Box 3637, Apollo Beach, FL 33572): Not solely electronic music, as 
those familiar with the EC 'zine might deduce, but one in a projected 
series of ten 90-minute cassettes "documenting and archiving the 
breadth and diversity of the underground home taper scene." As a 
result, there's a shitload of different stuff here (22 selections). Some 
of it is excellent (Fred Lomberg-Holm's disturbing manipulations of 
"People Talking About Animals", Darren Copeland's meditative 
composition for solo bass clarinet, and the rushing sonic landscapes 
of Abner Malaty, for starters), some not so excellent (Kiaro Skuro's 
"fresh, contemporary rock sound", the boring pseudo-hip-hop of 
Kustom Kar Kommandos). The recording quality varies drastically 
from cut to cut, but any problems seem to lie with the originals, 
as the overall sound is very good indeed. There's a subscription 
option for the whole shebang, too. Write for details. (T/KS) 


Various Artists, "Exterminator Dance Hall Revue" (ROIR, 611 
Broadway #411, New York, NY 10012): ROIR seems to be releasing 
more Caribbean sounds than ever these days, and this is a fine 
addition to their stable. With a host of DJs and toasters and all the 
computer wizardry you could imagine, simple themes come alive, 
loop, rewind, disintegrate, vanish under sudden vocal bursts and 
otherwise mutate. Despite the techno-changes, the beat is always 
paramount, and th ese sound will get the blood mo ving hot. (T/MG) 
Various Artists, "Grind Crusher" (Combat, 187-07 Henderson 
Ave., Hollis, NY 11423): The most recent fruit of the Combat/Earache 
distribution deal, this CD introduces 24 of the thrashing, loud, chaotic 
bands on the Earache label. Morbid Angel, Lawnmower Deth, 
Napalm Death, Sore Throat, Carnage, Hellbastard and Terrorizer are 
among the headbangers here. A smorgasbord of incredibly nasty 

growly death meta l noise. (CD/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "Haektpiko Maxaipi Fanzine" (Ilias Polihronakis, 
Hektriko-Maheri, PO Box 108, GR 731 10, Chania, GREECE): I don't 
know exactly what to make of this. It's like somebody made a tape 
of cool music they were listening to and just decided to mass-produce 
it. There's lot of stuff here from major- label artists (Devo, David 
Byrne, Controlled Bleeding) that seems to have been appropriated 
without consent, and the only independent operator I recognize is 
Ditto, which leads me to believe that whoever put this thing together 
did it without notifying those represented. The idea was probably 
to spread the good word (and a lot of this music is, in fact, very 
good), but I don't know if the originators of the information being 
disseminated would appreciate the effort. Send no money, that's for 

sure. (T/KS) __ 

Various Artists, "Hyde Recordings Sampler" ($4 from Hyde 
Recordings, PO Box 831, Reisterstown, MD 21136-0831): Kicking off 
with the opening riff of the "Munsters Theme", Cry Back the Dying 
provide some muddy-but-energetic, groovy-but-"Goth Age", thor- 
oughly good time rock and roll. Theatre of Ice kick in some more 
in a similar vein. (What a great Halloween double bill, methinks.) 
Exhume is noisier, more biker-psychedelic, and seems genuinely 
intense. The three bands explore the sampler's chosen theme as well 
and as honestly inspired as can be expected (a skeleton crouched 
in a graveyard is the neat cover art), though the last act. Ghoul 
Squad, is, unfortunately, less successfully derivative: the product of 
nebulous influence and melodramatic tendencies. The Hyde folks 
were wise enough to provide contact addresses for all these bands. 
Another of those don't-bother-flipping-the-tape-over collections. 

(T/KF) _ 

Various Artists, "In On the Ground Floor" ($3 from Craig 
Blomquist, 48 Beck Rd., Lindenhurst, IL 60046): Another fine 
compilation from Cud Brain Tapes. This one starts off with Bloody 
Mess and the Skabs doing their classic "Ugly Friends" (plus 3 other 
songs), and includes F. Defective, Sockeye, Judge Nothing (a hot 
band I hadn't heard before). Barbie Army, Jack Scratch and more. 
Plenty of rocking and loud hardcore here, in the best DIY tradition. 

(T/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "I Sold My Trombone (for Rocknroll)" ($3 from 
Bug Scratch Tapes, 2882 Barton Skyway #212, Austin, TX 78746): A 
three-song compilation flexi, the first venture of Bug Scratch outside 


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the cassette market. They're all sort of power-punk songs, with 
tracks from Humidifier, Thompson's Disease, and Face of Decline 
included. The lead band is probably the strongest, but all three have 
some thrash energ y to offer. (FL/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "Just Listen" March 1991 (all genre.,738 Main 
Street, Suite #387, Waltham, MA 02254-9038): This is my first taste 
of an all genre, production; it lives up to it's name. Four artists are 
spotlighted here giving enough room to show the diversity (or lack 
thereof) of each. We Saw the Wolf sings a couple straight ahead 
Celtic tunes, then adds a Talking Heads feel to a couple more. 
Sabrina Fontaine Cordelia Kaleta reads some of her poetry which is 
much more plea sent than her voice. One nice piece from her concerns 
growing up as a minority white in L.A. Seth Cahn sings some songs 
of a folky feel. The tape ends with Urban Ambience, a very good 
experimental group which provides aural strangeness that doesn't 
scare the neighbor s. All in all, a nice variety. (T/K L) 

Various Artists, "Louder Than God Tour" ($2 from PLP, PO Box 
702, Redmond, OR 97756): Four Japanese bands playing loud music. 
The best of the bunch may be Nukey Pike's bizarre cover of "Purple 
Haze", with accented lyrics and electronic keyboards, Idora weigh 
in with some hardcore. Mink Oil some thrash, and Urban Terror 
close it with the tig ht and grinding "King Kong Knee Drop". (FL/MG) 

Various Artists, "A Matter of Degrees (Soundtrack Album)" 
(Atlantic Recordings, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019): 
"A Matter of Degrees" is a new movie set at a fictional college 
radio station, and so the soundtrack is college radio music. Performers 
include fIREHOSE, Mirackle Legion, the Pixies, Schoolly D, Uncle 
Tupelo and Throwing Muses, all having recorded specially for this 
release. (T/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "Out of Your Freaking Mind"($4 from Porkopolis, 
PO Box 3529, Cincinnati, OH 45201): Another miscellaneous collection 
of music from one of the more prolific compilation outfits around. 
Rock Stars of Love score a weird Christmas song with their 
"Mandatory Drug Test of Love", while Gift Horse do a Clash-like 
rocker on "Radio Kremlin". A bit of rock, lots of punk, varied sound 
quality, and your chance to get exposed to bands like Plush Angus 
and Opiate of the Masses. (T/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "'Perhaps Meteors...', Suggested Willoughby" ($6 
Australian, $7 US from You're Standing On My Hula Hoop 
Productions, PO Box 273, Leongatha 3953, Victoria, AUSTRALIA): 
Somehow, you must address that people from the other side of the 
globe are speaking another language, even if it is still English. The 
sense of humor is as fun as it is startling, though: the young Carly 
Jane Buckman singing "Do Re Mi" acappella, Robert Brokenmouth's 
"Hey Fats Waller". It's mostly acoustic-leaning, but really nothing 
like "anti-folk": everone is having such a good time. Nice, seemingly 
a more well-known act, puts forth the brilliant ode to the joys of 
wage labor, "Got A Promotion". Pretty interesting and enjoyable 
stuff, and probably not what you expect, unless Hoopla 15, which 
is printed on the orange sleeve spine, means there were 14. before 
this one. (T/KF) 

Various Artists, "Pleasureland Revisited" ( $7.00 from Spasms 
Cassettes, 504 W. 24th St. #87, Austin, TX 78705) Compilation of 
groups consisting of ST37, A Childs Garden Of Sodom, Rudy 
Schwartz Project, Niced, ZZ BAA, Thanatopsis, Throne, Commander 
Cinque, Fab Nothingheads, Unsettled, Seemen, Moist Fist, Error, Ed 
Hall, Pussy Churnin' Butter, and Fish'n Loaf. All of these bands are 
so good that you just have to hear this comp 'cause it's really cool 
(T/RS) 7 

Various Artists, "Porkopolis: Noggin You in the Head" ($4 from 
Porkopolis, PO Box 3529, Cinti., OH 45201) Yet another Porkopolis 
tape, and though it seems there's an endless stream of these 
compilations, they serve a great purpose in low price intros to a 
lot of fine yet generally unknown bands. This tape features five 
bands, opening with the highly active overdub beat/industrial dance 
of Noggin Masters of the Universe, starting with a Zeppelin lift from 
"Immigrant Song." Love Calvin does an incredible Iggy Pop vocal 
take, and experimental strangeness, voice cut-ups, and odd pop is 
provided by the Larry Mondello Band, 555, and Undercurrent. 
(T/PMZ) __ 

Various Artists, "The Pre-Moon Syndrome Post-Summer (of 
Noise) Celebration Week" ($8 in US or $10 all other countries from 
Sun Dog Propaganda, PO Box 9743, Washington, DC 20016): This 
live recording has the air of a heady time, giving just a clue what 


a week it was at d.c. space, September 11-16, 1989. The Honeymoon 
Killers, the Pagans, Unrest, the Reverb Motherfuckers all participate 
in the inspired frenzy of stripped-down noisiness. Quieter surprises 
are the defunct Go Team's "Slumberland Gods" (Self-described as 
"Sandblast crash pop cut throat exclamation point wonder. Gone.") 
and the Juliana Luecking Experience. Juliana's spoken word poetry 
performance incorporates headline violence, a child's reader and 
observations from the street, helping to round out what is essentially 
a fine slice-of-time sampler. And it's for a good cause, benefitting 
the Washington Free Clinic, an alternative health care center in DC 
that counsels and tests for HIV. (LP/KF) _ 

Various Artists, "Sasquatch: The Man, The Myth, The Compila¬ 
tion" (Kirbdog Records, 2217 Nordyke Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95403): 
Victim's Family, Schlong, Moral Crux, Cringer, Nuisance and No 
Means ^No all take turns on this double 7" release. It starts with a 
hardcore/punk premise and then builds from there into a number 
of different delivery styles. Take Nuisance, a heavy dirge-fusion 
combo of lead guitar and thick industrial melodies. Or Victim's 
Family with their jazz/punk "thang." Or Moral Crux, straight out 
of the 70s hardcore, to name but a sampling. Well worth a listen. 
(2EP/CG) _ 

Various Artists, "Search and Annoy Vol. 1" ($3.25 from Complex 
Records, 131 N. 6th Ave., Highland Park, NJ 08904): A compilation 
EP with a reasonably good mix. Lucy Brown's "Color-Blind" combines 
a funky punch with lots of electric guitars. Loose gets off to a shaky 
start with a riff that sounds swiped form the Jackson Five but also 
comes together in the end. Punkier tracks from The Blisters and 
Headstrong are al so included. (EP/MG) _ 

Various Artists, "Some Minutes" ($5 from Lola Fish Productions, 
c/o Bruno Pommey, 36 Residence Jean Mace, 28300 Mainvilliers, 
FRANCE): An odd, offbeat collection. Less a group of songs in the 
traditional sense, and more a group of noises, sounds and 
"songlettes" (little short electronically wired ditties) Take for example, 
the piece that's comprised of a jackhammer, some vocals and an 
emergency siren. Or the drugged, spaced out interpretation of "Heart 
and Soul" (in French, with space gun noises, animal grunts and 
more).. Or the gothic wind blowing and eerie whistling that faded 
into an ominous silence. Definitely not your K-Tel top hits; this will 
appeal to those w ho like to take a walk on the of fbeat side. (T/CS) 

Various Artists, "Strange Damage: Surreal Highways of the 
Mentally Uninsured" (blank tape from 366 Gridley Ct, San Jose, CA 
95127) An off-center and off the cuff compilation of 62 'bands', 
though in actuality a smaller subset of about 13 bands/individuals 
in an incestuous set of fictitious and potentially real bands. The 
music runs the range from simple silliness (in abundance) to early 
Sonic Youth- like guitar jams, though much fumbling and stuttering 
comes with these. A lot of strumming songs with messed vocals 
color the tape, along with short keyboard noodling, and even a 
child singing. A paste together zine describes the pieces and players, 
and disconnected cut-up quotes. (T/PMZ) 

Various Artists, "Tales from Estrus No. 1" ($5.95 from Estrus 
Records, PO Box 2125 Bellingham, WA 98227) Dischordant guitar 
noise opens this 1st Estrus Garage comp, as Night King gives a 
good down and "Dirty Work" garage tune. Marble Orchard follows 
with a smoother "No Way Home" with good spidery guitar work. 
Monsters are the theme, and a comic booklet terrorizing members 
of the PMRC is included; if side 1 isn't exactly monsterish, side 2, 
labeled with a goon and opening with a scream, is. Ultra 5's organ 
led "Hell" is a good 60's piece of pyschedelia with an almost Stooges 
mood. The Mummies close with an ugly voiced silly 60's rock love 
song. A good pac kage of garage rock. (7'7PMZ) 

VEGETARIAN MEAT, "Meathouse" ($5.00 from Alex McAulay, 
2024 E. Rahn Rd., Dayton, OH 45440) Backup music for this oddball 
group centers around big band as well as harsh sounding keyboard 
programs. Psychedelic patterns and rhythms float freely about the 
naturally hardcore-ish vocals. Rather an interesting mixture of styles, 
but quite effective. One is immediatly drawn in by such song titles 
as, "Pig's Head O n A Stick" and "Squirrels In My Pumpkin". (T/RS) 

VENUS BEADS, "Incision" (Emergo, 225 Lafayette St. #709, New 
York, NY 10012): Thick guitar rock from British shores (Stoke-on- 
Trent, actually). They feature an intense and complex sound 
depending heavily on guitar interplay, plus rough and ready vocals 
from Robert Jones, who has an attractive but certainly not beautiful 
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best modem Brit i ndie rock/pop. (T/MG) _ 

VOICE CRACK, "Earflash" (Knut Redmond, Limmattalstr. 388, 
Ch. 8049 Zurich/SWITZERLAND): Squealing metal spraying from the 
amplifier. This is complex noise, connected with completely fried 
patch cords to a distant Euro-disco past. One guy is credited as 
providing "Big Drum, Dr. Rhythm", and he does, too. Intense, but 
not too scary, it crackles and snaps and pulsates. Just try and dance 

to it. (LP/KS) _ 

THE VOODOO DOLLS, "Bad Feeling" b/w "Gone, Gone, Gone" 
(Stanton Park Records, PO Box 58, Newtonville, MA 02160) Still 
maintaining their garage, retro '60's flavor, they move quite smoothly 
through "Bad Feeling" with up-to-date guitar licks and vocals taken 
from Elvis Costello's mouth before he had the chance to sing them. 
"Gone, Gone, Gone" isn't quite as clean, but maintains the same 

style. (45/RS) __ 

WANTON THOUGHT, self-titled ($5 from Boss Tuneage 
Records, Aston Firs, Halton Fenside, Nr. Spilsby, Lines. PE23 5BD, 
UK): Debut EP from a batch of Welsh hardcore folks. They play in 
a melodic, rather posi-core faction, tearing down the barriers of life 
with their chorus-soaked semi-anthemic music. None too spectacular, 

but good reasonab le music. (EP/MG) _ 

MATT WILLIS, "Little Dinosaurs" ($7 CASH/MO from Box G2-06, 
24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355): Cute poppy music with 
a sort of echoing, low-budget feel to it. The opening eponymous 
theme song has a theatrical, horror movie quality to it, with raspy 
vocals and minor key bits in the mostly-synthetic mix. From there 
it's a moody mystical album, charming if a bit rough around the 

edges. (T/MG)[MA # 1240] __ 

THE WIMPS, "Sacred Bull" ($5.95 from Ladyslipper, PO Box 
3124-R, Durham, NC 27715): Cut poppy music with rather minimal 
production and some pretty fun lyrics. They poke fun at sexism in 
tunes like "Kissin' Makeup" and come down especially hard on the 
drug war in "Don't Do Drugs". Plenty of keyboards, a bit of 
trombone, guitars, lead to a pop sound without pressure, just music 
to relax to and comtemplate with bits of humor to keep it from 

being too heavy. ( T/MG)[MA# 1241] _ 

KEN WOLFF, "Lost At Sea" (Wolff Productions, PO Box 117, 
Stirling City, CA 95978): A delightful synthesizer piece that mixes 
its electronically generated tones with the sounds of the waves. It 
comes with an illustrated booklet retelling the myth of Ceyx and 
Alcyone, whose story the tape is structured around. Pretty, sad, 
dancing, lulling; the emotions come in quick succession here, never 

forced, always gen tle. (T/MG) __ 

WOODCHIPPER, "Bricklayer" (Tulpa Productions, PO Box 860, 
Willimantic, CT 06226): A four-song EP of maniacal horn-laced punk 
madness. They blast along withotu any clear idea of where they're 
going (one wonders if any of these cuts were rehearsed at all) but 
seem to have a lot of fun trying to get there. Thick slices of noise 
with an occasional melody popping out only to be manhandled by 

the trombone and sax lines. (EP/MG) _ 

WORKDOGS, "Haunted House of Love" ($19.95 for 6 mo. sub 
from Vital Music Records, 81 Second Ave, NY, NY 10003) Workdogs 
play unabashed white narrative blues as soulfully described by Rob 
Kennedy on two takes of "Haunted House." The groove is slooow, 
a minimal bass line connecting with tastefully open drumming, the 
Bond side featuring the snakey guitar of Bond Bergland, while the 
Malcolm side adding in the relaxed piano of Malcolm Riviera. Across 
the two sides the story changes, in an aching, pained voice describing 
first the burnt out physical house, then revealing the ghosts of 
former lovers and users drifting there. A gutsy feeling, and a good 

release from the Vital singles club. (45/PMZ) _ 

WRECKHOUSE, self titled (Beesham, 613 N. Broad St., Winston- 
Salem, NC 27101) Rock with a "not so unusual" feel that makes 
use of the same four piece lineup as most rock bands although a 
cello does show up in "Thin Line". I'm just saying that there isn't 
anything terribly different about these guys, but they do play great 
stuff that will go over great in the world of college radio as it stands 

today. __ 

THE WRETCHED ONES, "Goin' Down to the Bar" b/w "I'm 
Troubled Within" (Dionysus Records, PO Box 1975, Burbank, CA 
91507): Much punker than most of the garage bands that Dionysus 
puts out, these guys have a sound that reminds me a bit of Bloody 
Mess and the Skabs, with no-nonsense vocals and half-drunk guitar 
playing (the label even tells you to get drunk and play loud). Serious 


audiophiles would no doubt be appalled at this red vinyl menace, 

but I found it quit e enjoyable. (45/MG) _ 

XYMOX, "Pheonix" (Polygram records, Inc., 825 Eighth Ave., 
New York, NY 10019) Formerly known as The Clan Of Xymox, this 
is not a dance based release such as their "Twist of Shadows" #3 
album. 1991 has this band switching gears into a more comfortable 
speed. Still music to form visions to, it maintains the 4AD quality 
of their former years and takes them a step forward into an evolved 

and more mature style. (T/RS) _ 

YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, "Divorce #9" b/w "Halloween 247" 
(Popllama Products, PO Box 95364, Seattle, WA 98145) This Seattle 
band shows that grunge isn't the only output from that city, as 
their hard pop rock mixes a Hermans Hermit sound with new wave 
melodies and straight ahead rocking rhythms. "Divorce #9" asks for 
the same in the friendliest of terms, with almost Beach Boys vocals, 
closing with a well intentioned Brubeck take that doesn't quite make 
it, as they admit on the quick fade out. "Halloween 247" adds organ 
and a distanced vocal style in a bass driven song with a minimal 
screechy guitar floating in the back. Nothing too difficult to take, 

but nice catchy tu nes. (45/PMZ) _ 

YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, "Motorbroke" b/w "Equator Blues" 
(Crusty Records, 501 N. 36th St. #157, Seattle, WA 98103): A ho-hum 
single of rock that tries to be tongue in cheek (I think) but mostly 
manages to be just derivative. The A side tries to exploit the 50's 
fast car mystique, while the flip is a bit of late-night blues—pleasant, 

but not very deep . (45/MG) __ 

YOUTH GONE MAD, "Loudmouth" b/w URGENT FURY "Body 
Count" (560 W 43rd, No. 30G, NY, NY 10036) Youth Gone Mad do 
a wonderful, recorded-in-31-minutes version of the Ramones original 
(with Joey's verbal permission). The send-up would sound almost 
exactly like the original if not for Sage, YGM's female singer. The 
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the Ramones first album and sticks YGM's faces over the Ramones' 
hapless heads. Urgent Fury's jerking bit of angstcore is an anti-ode 
to the Iraq war, addressing the morbid war junkie lust in secret 
comers of everyone's hearts: "Hey Mr. Koppel/tell me on the TV/just 
how many died."(45/TG)_ 

BOB Z., "Top Gun" (PO Box 28, 2336 Market St, San Francisco, 
CA 94115) A tape that represents the general feeling of the "Left 
wing" attitude toward the Gulf War and everything involved with 
it (which I guess is everything). Three songs are represented on this 
tape: title song, "Top Gun," two versions of "Oil Refinery," and 
"Pumping Gas". Bob plays acoustic guitar most of the time and 
sings in a narrative story telling style. His work is good for educating 
and for reminding. (T/RS) _ 

BOB & BILL ZANDER, "Sons of Raz" (2924 37th Ave. S, 
Minneapolis, MN 55406): Instrumental compositions from the brothers 
Zander, each taking one side of the tape but sharing an appreciation 
for liquid, flowing works. Bob works primarily with the Mbira (aka 
kalimba), and once again is joined by Max Swanson on flute as well 
as some strings, percussion, and more—very snappy stuff. Bill goes 
in for piano, synth and samples, and comes up with more laid-back 
work, afternoon pleasant listening stuff. Professionally done and not 
stuck in any one genre. (T/MG) 

ZUZU'S PPETALS, "Babblin Mules" b/w "Shipwrecked" ($3 from 
Susstones, PO Box 6425, Minneapolis, MN 55406): Cool modern pop 
with plenty of choppiness to it (don't buy if you're subject to 
seasickness). The gals in the band mix up the vocals, change tempo 
in midstride, and blast out some ornery harmonies over grungy 
blues lines. Attractive after a few listens, though it's hard to get 
past the initial prickliness. (45/MG) 

SPOKEN WORD 

JELLO BLAFRA, "Die For Oil Sucker" (Alternative Tentacles, PO 
Box 11458, San Francisco, CA 94101): This one may seem quaint by 
the time this review appears—such is the fate of reacting to current 
events. The title piece of this spoken-word EP is Jello's response to 
Operation Desert Storm, opposing the draft and war and American 
interventionism in general. The flip is his rewrite of the Pledge of 
Allegiance, obscene and defiantly unpatriotic. Comes with a foldout 
poster sleeve that includes the addresses of a batch of anti-draft 
groups. (EP/MG) 

ANDY CLAUSEN, "Blindlemonpozor & thelemonade" (We Press, 
PO Box 1503, Santa Cruz, CA 95061): Well, this is somewhere on 
the borderlines between improv jazz and poetry, but since there are 
a few tracks that are pure spoken word I'll put it here. I don't think 
Andy's words are improv (they're too tight and polished) but the 
harsh energies of fflute and guitar behind him definitely are. "Gokyo 
Lake Breaking Up In The Sun" is a great piece, a modern visionary 
beatnik gone mad from too much time out at noo n. (T/MG) 

GYPSY #16 ($6 from 10708 Gay Brewer, El Paso, TX 79935): AN 
"Audio Arts Review" edition of GYPSY magazine, with some fine 
spoken word work, most with musical backgrounds. Aida Pavletich 
and Norma Tenega are here, along with Jorg Thcmasius, Raymon 
Ringo Fernandez (excellent at cutting to the bone), Ken Ginger and 
more. It comes wi th written documentation on ea ch artist. (T/MG) 

CRAD KILODNEY, "On the Street with Crad Kilodney, Vol. 3" 
($10 from Crad Kilodney, Charnel House, P. O. Box 281, Stn. S, 
Toronto, ON M5M 4L7 CANADA): Kilodney makes his living by 
hawking his fiction on the streets of Toronto, and he has taken to 
taping the conversations he has with people on these streets (as 
well as threats found on his answering machine) for the enjoyment 
of that proportion of the public that doesn't mind awful sound 
quality. Kilodney, with his hidden microphone, is a man who wants 
to be a satirist. He doesn't have the eye or the sense or the style 
for it, but that's what he wants. And he thinks that by secretly 
taping the murmurings of a glue-sniffer or the sad sincerity of a 
bom again Christian or the lonely chatter of a local broadcaster that 
we will see what he sees: all these idiots too stupid to buy his 
books. What we are left with is the voices of lonely people and 
the regal crabbiness of Kilodney, who stands around on Dundas 
Street or Yonge Street with signs saying things like "Literature for 
Imbeciles" bemoaning the fact that everyone around him is just too 
stupid or stingy to buy his books. (T/GH) _ 

F.A. NETTLEBECK, "The More I Drink, the Better You Look" 
($8 from Rancho Poetics, PO Box 179, Beatty, OR 97621): A mixed 
selection of readings with some music selections thrown in. 


Nettlebeck's vignettes are strewn with off-hand yet vivid imagery, 
ranging from humorous to near-horrific; things such as hold-ups, 
assassination attempts, and questionable bartering are juxtaposed 
with images of Shirley Temple and Naked Soldiers. The on-air 
interviews and readings are relaxed and entertaining, especially the 
section from "Little Wars", which has a bizarre on-air caller sounding 
genuinely out there. (T/RJL) 

IVAN STANG, "We'll Shut You Down," b/wJOHN HAGEN- 
BRENNER, "Live at US District Court" ($5.00 from Slobboviated 
Press, PO Box 2159, Albany, NY 12220): It's good to see Ivan Stang 
and Bob Black working together like the good old days, even if it 
is only in the guise of this "found" audio. The first side is a recording 
from the Church of the Subgenius' Hour of Slack, in which Stang 
harangues against IDEOLOGY OF MADNESS, a Dallas area zine 
for publishing a "Stang Hate Issue". Bob reprises his Hagen-Brenner 
recording on the opposite side, actual courtroom tapes of John 
Hagen-Brenner pleading guilty to sending flashbulbs and firecrackers 
to Mr. Black a while back. For a limited time only you will also 
recieve with each order a reprint of Gerry Reith's analysis of Factsheet 
Five. (T/KL) _ 

TINA CHOPP VS. BOB LARSON (Trade from Tray Full of Lab 
Mice Publications, Melissa & Matt Jasper, PO Box 356, Durham, NH 
03824): Bootlegged from Larson's radio talk shows, this one is not 
authorized by the Church of Tina Chopp, and I presume not by 
evangelist Larson either. In fact, there are only a few explicitly Tinite 
segments on the tape; much of this is arguments from Ray, a 
practicing witch, who pretty well holds his own. Includes a hilarious 
over-the-air exorcism. (T/MG) 

MUSIC NOTES 

•Ajax Records (PO Box 146882, Chicago, IL 60614) sells punk 
music by mail. $1 will probably get you on their list for a while. 

•K.G. Bradley (4214 B Filbert Ave., Atlantic City NJ 08401-1070) 
is collecting material to be mixed into an ambieftt/industrial 
compilation, with submissions being jumbled together randomly 
instead of sequentially. Send an SASE for more details. 

•EAR CANDY (Computer Music Coalition, 1024 W. Willcox Ave., 
Peoria, IL 61604) is a new bimonthly catalog of electronic and 
computer music. You can get a sample for $1. 

•Harvard Square Records (PO Box 1975, Cambridge, MA 02238) 
is out with their 1991 Collectors catalog of import CD's, music video 
and other goodies. $1 for a copy. 

•The International Tapetraders List is $1 from Kris Verreth, 
Tervuursestwg 1H, 1820 Perk, BELGIUM. 

•Playlists: one may presume that if these stations are cool enough 
to send us playlists, they're cool enough to play indie music: CHRW, 
Room 222, University Community Center, University of Western 
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Ace Backwords, TWISTED IMAGE ($15.95 from Loompanics 
Unlimited, PO Box 1197, Port Townsend, WA 98368): Yes, Ace is 
back again, this time in book form with his best work of the past 
several years. Unless you've been even more of a small press fanatic 
than I have (unlikely) there will be stuff here that you haven't seen 
before; Ace has been a pretty prolific dude. He's good at poking 
fun at the politically correct and sexual hangups, but also gets his 
licks in at the far right and the reigning administrations. A cartoon 
genius who deserves wider recognition, and who might just get it 
from this book. (128 pp. tpb.MG) 

★★★★★ 

Allan Hunt Badiner (ed.), DHARMA GAIA ($15 [catalog free] 
from Parallax Press, PO Box 355, Berkeley, CA 94707): A thick book 
of essays, published on Earth Day 1990, looking at the deeper 
interrelationships between people and planet. Compiled from a mix 
of Buddhist and deep ecologist sources, DHARMA GAIA offers 
many approaches to the thought that we have some basic connections 
with the rest of nature, and the Buddhism captured quite a bit of 
truth about this subject. 

Some of the contributions here are academically heavy going, 
but they by no means dominate the book. There's a substantial 
leavening of light pieces (like the "Smokey the Bear Sutra") and 
empathic accounts of personal experiences (Suzanne Head's "Creating 
Space For Nature" stands out here. Taken as a whole, this is a 
book that achieves several purposes—it both demonstrates our 
oneness with the earth and encourages us to put more thought into 
what this means. An appendix of resources is also provided to help 
convert that thought into action. (265 pp tpb/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

John Bentley, THE GINGE, HIS SONGS OF WHATS HE 
SEENED ($36 surface or $40 air [plus $10 is payment in check] from 
Liver & Lights, 28 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8LF, 
ENGLAND): The latest in a series of handcrafted books. This one 
comes in a presentation box with such objects as a die, a toy soldier, 
a bit of crockery and a rubber scorpion. The book itself is lushly 
done, loose leaves of highly textured paper with colored plates, in 
a handmade binding. The Ginge himself produces poetry, in a style 
reminiscent of both James Joyce and Lewis Carroll. Certainly a unique 
and unusual item. (D-50 &C./MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

Ward Dean, M.D. & John Morgenthaler, SMART DRUGS & 
NUTRIENTS ($11.95 from B&J Publications, PO Box 483, Santa Rosa, 


CA 95061-0483): The Food and Drug Administration is a pretty 
tightassed regulatory agency. As a result, there are plenty of drugs 
used routinely in Mexico and Europe that are not available 
here—among them a number of things which seem to improve 
memory and increase intelligence, even in double-blind studies. This 
book picks out the most promising twenty or thirty of these for 
careful discussion. In addition to their positive effects. Dean and 
Morgenthaler are careful to report side effects and contraindications 
for each drug. They also give literature references and hints on 
where to mail-order things—as well as the complete text of the 
current FDA rulings making such ordering legal. Among the 
compounds discussed here are the relatively well-known Piracetam 
and Hydergine as well as less-known substances. For the natural 
foods set, there's gingko and ginseng, as well as various vitamin 
and amino acid products. Taking any of these things will put you 
in the role of an experimental subject—but these days, you'll have 
lots of company. (189 pp. tpb/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

David Friedman with Don De Nevi,A YOUTH IN BABYLON 
($19.95 from Prometheus Books, 700 East Amherst Street, Buffalo, 
NY 14215): David Freidmari's career has been spent in exploitation 
films, from the hygiene films shown in a roadside tent to the first 
"nudie cutie" films to shock an uptight America, to working with 
H. G. Lewis in the seminal Blood Feast and 2000 Maniacs. I must 
confess it was the H. G. Lewis stuff that initially got me interested, 
but I almost forgot about it as Friedman rolls on with a great 
collection of anecdotes of carnies and grifters. Friedman knows how 
to tell a story, part of the job I'm sure, and you get a plethora of 
them. A whole collection of eclectic folks are here. Along with a 
tour of the movie business you won't find in Hollywood. Friedman's 
tale is a little bit of lost innocence, a little bit Incredibly Strange 
Films, some influential First Amendment battles>-with a ton of great 
stories. When one of Friedman's films, [Mom and Dad], mUde its 
initial showing in Baltimore it was condemned by the League of 
Decency, and picketed by the Knights of Columbus. Friedman 
responds by calling the local Masonic Lodge and convincing them 
to picket the picketers; this all occuring to the glee of the newspapers 
and Friedman, who invites everyone for drinks after the show. We 
could use this guy in the Middle East. If you haven't gathered it 
by now, this is a truly enjoyable book. Also included is a glossary 
of carny terms, such as "Pickled Punks—unborn babies in jars of 
formaldehyde seen on midways." (355 pp hc/KL) 

★ ★★★★ 

Robert Fritz, THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE: LEARNING 
TO BECOME THE CREATIVE FORCE IN YOUR OWN LIFE ($12 
from Christopher B. Martin, Rte. 1 Box 373, Charlottesville, VA 
22901-9605): Fritz is another one of the many people in history who 
have discovered what I call a "total system"—a way of looking at 
the world which makes perfect, symmetrical, beautiful sense and 
explains everything as long as you are willing to work within the 
system. In his case it's an analysis of creativity as something wholly 
different from problem solving, something that can be dissected and 
taught. (Indeed, in one sense the entire book is an ad for his 
"Technologies for Creating" program, which will teach you the stuff 
in this book). I fear that his presentation does not leave the best 
of tastes in my mouth; he spends a good chunk of this book running 
down other total systems and ideas which happen to differ from 
his own, which is apparently the only thing that can help you get 
what you want out of life. But like most such systems, this one 
will undoubtedly find disciples, and it will undoubtedly help some 
of those people. If you need someone to give you permission to 
make choices in your own life, and to do something about them, 
then by all means read this book. (285 pp tpb/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

Emil Hoffman, UNDERGROUND ($10.95 from Bookman Books, 
622-C Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501): This is a very perplexing 
book, based loosely on the gnomes of the alchemist Paracelsus. The 
lead character, Ambor, wanders astray from his mining crew one 
day and is captured by the gnomes—furry animals that communicate 
by telepathy as they dig. While there, he ends up mating with the 
gnome Princess and leading a revolt against the Queen. So there's 
an action story here, but it is not especially easy to find. This is 
because Hoffman's writing is extremely convoluted and nontradi- 
tional—whether this is by craft or by clumsiness is at times difficult 
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from a tongue close to but not identical to ours. (216 pp. tpb/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

Harold Hough, A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC 
INTELLIGENCE ($17.95 from Loompanics Unlimited, PO Box 1197, 
Port Townsend, WA 98368): This one started out hopefully, with 
some photos and notes on the general capabilities of photographic 
intelligence, but fizzled out after that. The author tries valiantly to 
appear an insider, but doesn't really say much you couldn't get out 
of a good merit badge course. Contents include a run-down on 
types of film, formulas for measuring items in pictures, and a list 
of countries which restrict photography. (142 pp tpb/MG) 

★★★★★ 

THE 'KEY' OF JACOB BOEHME ($12.50 from Phanes Press, 4248 
Kalamazoo, MI 49508): Boeme was a mystical philosopher of the 
17th century who worked with detailed alchemical and Hermetic 
images. This book is an English translation of his attempt to explain 
the bases of his work in simple language, a pointer as it were to 
the entrance to his vaster writings. It is not entirely clear, at least 
not as rational thought; but as an example of a complete system, 
it is wonderful, spinning together the elements, the perfection of 
God, and more into a complete picture of the world. Appended are 
a series of engravings based on his thought which show the structure 
of the universe in symbolic terms. (86 pp tpb/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

Dr. Jeffrey Lant, MONEY MAKING MARKETING ($38.50 from 
Jeffrey Lant Associates, Inc., 50 Follen S. #507, Cambridge, MA 
02138): This is the revised second edition of a book we reviewed 
in its original incarnation a few years back. The revisions are not 
major, but if you haven't been exposed to Jeffrey's "unrelentingly 
practical advice" before this is a good place to start. There's 
something inspirational about his assurance that marketing can be 
made to work, and his whole style shouts about the importance of 
customer-centered marketing—he is his own best example. But 
beyond the cheerleading aspect, the book is full of ideas on 
everything from card decks to speaking engagements to meeting 
people face to face to media appearances to determining how best 
to sell what you have to sell. I'm not ashamed to say that I have 
learned a good deal from Jeffrey's bookr jnd in fact re-reading this 
particular one helped me to define a new project that was inchoate 
in my mind before. (288 pp tpb/MG) 


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Jon Longhi, BRICKS AND ANCHORS ($6 from Manic D Press, 
PO Box 410804, San Francisco, CA 94141): Amazing stories of life 
on the punk artistic renters fringe of society, where drugs are a 
constant factor and tomorrow holds no meaning. Longhi starts out 
with everyday situations, but the stories quickly degenerate into 
beer-sodden searches for succor, acts of random meaningless 
violence, and sheer desperation. The title story is the climax of the 
book, a visit to roommate hell. It brought back memories, for 
although I've fortunately never lived with people like Vicki and 
Kidney I have had my share of psychotic roommates, and I could 
see them shining through. Longhi has tapped deep wells of psychic 
fear here, and speaks to everyone who has lived on the edge. (128 
pp. tpb/MG) 

★★★★★ 

Lionel Rolfe, IN SEARCH OF...LITERARY L.A. ($11.95 from 
California Classics Books, PO Box 29756, Los Angeles, CA 90029): 
Growing up in Los Angeles, I didn't think of it as a particularly 
literary town. But Rolfe, a freelancer who has been around for years, 
sees a style of "California Bohemianism" in the famous writers who 
have been associated with it, and makes a darned good case for 
his vision. Told as a series of historical researches and personal 
reminiscences, this one traces the careers of a whole batch of the 
famous, including Charles Bukowski, Ken Kesey, Aldous Huxley, 
Upton Sinclair, William Faulkner, Jack London, Robinson Jeffers and 
many more. It's an excellent and well-written book, sure to intrigue 
and interest anyone who appreciates the life of the printed page. 
(180 pp tpb/MG) 

★★★★★ 

Rudy Rucker, ALL THE VISIONS and Anselm Hollo, SPACE 
BALTIC ($9.95 from Ocean View Books, PO Box 4148, Mountain 
View, CA 94040): A double book (in the style of the old Ace Doubles, 
though as a full-size perfectbound volume). The major work here 
is clearly Rucker's autobiographical screed, consciously patterned 
after Kerouac but taking place in an entirely different milieu. He 
calls the book a "memory dump", and that's what it is, three 
paragraphs spanning some 125 pages, wandering the continents in 
a stream-of-consciousness style. Rucker touches on being a punker, 
the frictions and successes of marriage, the struggle to make it as 
a mathematics professor, the joys of going up, and being an early 
explorer on the chemical frontiers of consciousness—among other 
subjects. It's a bit tough to get into, but once started the momentum 
of the book will pull you along, as you wander through this 
cross-section of one highly intriguing and self-reflective life. 

Hollo's work is by contrast pretty minor, a collection of poetry 
only some of which qualifies as science fiction—and some of that 
only because it seems patterned after alien (i.e., incomprehensible) 
thoughts. There are a few clever turns, but by and large he didn't 
speak to me. (210 pp. tpb/MG) 

★★★★★ 

Alan Samagalski, CHILE AND EASTER ISLAND ($11.95 from 
Lonely Planet Publications, Embarcadero West, 112 Linden St., 
Oakland, CA 94607): Lonely Planet has not put out a guidebook 
covering all of South America since 1986's SOUTH AMERICA ON 
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all over the continent have made that edition less useful than, say, 
the SOUTH AMERICAN HANDBOOK. This time, referred to by 
some travelers as the "South American Bible," is updated yearly 
and contains a huge amount of information. Almost, in fact, too 
much. Its small print fills page after page and a reader is likely to 
find it hard to make decisions when faced with dozens of options 
for this night's hotel or that night's dinner. Enter the 1991 LONELY 
PLANET TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT FOR CHILE AND EASTER 
ISLAND. The author, Alan Samagalski, feels free to make 
opinionated statements, and the traveler benefits from them. Where 
the SOUTH AMERICAN HANDBOOK'S description of a song 
festival reads like the tourist board's pamphlet. Lonely Planet 
describes it as "something to be endured," and they are right. At 
the worst the author sometimes seems bored with his subject, but 
in his selection on Patagonia enthusiasm shines through, which 
makes for easy reading. That's rare for a travel guide book. 

If you are thinking of heading only for Chile this guidebook is 
worth every penny of it's $11.95 price. If you are planning to explore 
more than one country, then the SOUTH AMERICAN HANDBOOK 
is much more comprehensive, if less active in your decision making. 
And with its hard cover, it also makes a much better weapon for 
squashing exotic (and sometimes dangerous) insects. (228 pp. tpb) 
(Reviewed by Will Newbill) 

★ ★★★★ 

Kerry Wendell Thomley, ZENARCHY ($9.98 & $1.50 p&h from 
UlumiNet Press, PO Box 746, Avondale Estates, GA 30002-0746): 
Those who feel unduly perplexed by Kerry's work either here or in 
the late INSIDE JOKE may want to consult this book as a way to 
understand what's going on. In it he explains (more or less) the 
theory of Zenarchy, a way of Zen applied to social life, which he's 
been developing since the late 60's. Some of this is a straight 
chronicle of the times that produced Kerry's ideas, some of it is 
reprints of classic rants and sermons by Ho Chi Zen and other 
sages, and some of it is wild ideas, apparently intended to get the 
serious student thinking. One of these, indeed, applied to my own 
current life with sublime precision: "Zenarchy is the art of steadfastly 
failing to provide political leadership and, by having as little to do 
with such political power as possible, thereby transforming the 
empire. For the spirit of freedom is the fundamental ordering 
principle of the entire universe." Such miniature invitations to satori 
abound here, waiting to trap the unwary reader into actually thinking 
for a change. In the tradition of Camden Benares' classic ZEN 
WITHOUT ZEN MASTERS, this is a book to teach and create, in 
the guise of a work intended to amuse and delight. Recommended 
reading for anyone trying to break out of the cages that are modern 
life. (120 pp. tpb/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

George Walford, SYSTEMATIC IDEOLOGY (Calabria Press, 15 
Calabria Road, London N5 1JB, ENGLAND): This work, by the editor 
of IDEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY, takes off from the work of 
Harold Walsby, bringing it up to date and popularizing it. Walford 
has found in Walsby a total system, a way to explain just about 
everything that is going on with one seductively simple system. The 
basic observation here is that there are about six or seven major 
ideologies to which masses of people appear, and that these may 


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be arranged in a series from conservatism to anarchism, which makes 
sense on several dimensions. The basic question to be solved is 
why the more radical ideologies are those with less adherents, around 
the globe and across time. In addressing this, Walford draws on 
everything from political theory to anthropological research, with a 
lot of horse sense thrown in. In the end, he does not see it as at 
all accidental that anarchy, communism and socialism have failed to 
command large numbers of adherents; it is an expected feature of 
the way their ideologies are couched. While I am. not completely 
persuaded, I am extremely intrigued. Systematic Ideology does 
indeed appear to be a useful framework to think about the broad 
sweep of history and politics with, and if it does not in fact explain 
everything in its current state it provides a good scaffolding to hang 
more detailed work upon. (156 pp hc/MG) 

★ ★★★★ 

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